There has been a flurry of sounds, messes and distractions surrounding me today. After getting out of bed, I got a Facebook alert that distracted me before I even made my coffee. I sat down in the family room otherwise known as Mike’s office with my computer going through status updates. Mike works from home a couple days a week, dominates the family room and loves background noise, so the TV is on a lot. When he has “meetings”, they are on speaker phone, the TV sound goes off, but the screen stays on. It’s his thing, but I really don’t like extra background noise or having the TV on. I record my shows and we watch them in the evening together.
Before I even realize it, I’m sucked into The Price is Right knowing I have other things to do around the house and even better things to get to like reading and writing. Mike calls down from upstairs, “Michelle didn’t you do my laundry?” Just then I remember before I went downstairs this morning, I did run the dryer a second time to get the wrinkles out of his clothes that I said I would fold yesterday and reran the washer with the clothes I put in yesterday. I hustle it upstairs to apologize and see he is frustrated and saying he can just do it himself. I grab the clothes from the dryer and start folding. Saying I forgot or I’m easily distracted is a bad excuse and I’ve tried to stop saying it out loud, but it’s true. There are so many things that as soon as I walk away I forget, as if I’m leaving my brain in the laundry room. After folding the clothes I went downstairs to see Cooper was still outside. Thankfully he is a dog, the weather is nice and it was only 20 minutes.
Sounds.. the rhythm of the washer, zippers hitting the sides of the dryer, the murmur of the TV, conference audio training from Mike’s computer, the unmistakably loud garbage truck, recycling bins crashing on the ground, the bell ringing at the high school and the soft alert that I have a text message.
Hold on, the dryer buzzer is going off and I am getting up right now to take care of it. That’s right this time I turned it on to remind me to take the clothes out and fold them. Finished and put away, talk about follow through!
There are also sounds and reminders floating around my head of what I need to do at every turn of my house, clean the dishes, organize the closet, take a shower, pick up the taxes, what should I do for dinner, finish up my Bible study lesson for today, call and make doctor appointments for the boys, put my winter clothes away and the list goes on….
I am also filled with sweet reminders of a touching text from Nathan yesterday and the feeling that I got parenting right with him, the hug I got from my over six foot tall 15 year old who towers over me, a fun date night with Mike, this calm I feel in my soul that can only be explained by God, a precious blog post from my sweet friend, Becca-Lecca-Lecca as I like to call her, about her upcoming trip to India, feeling some physical strength and absence of fatigue, quiet time with my Savior and how sweetly God spoke to Samuel when the Israelites were demanding a king.Samuel was angry and went straight to the Lord and prayed.
If I stopped right there we would have a lesson to apply to our lives: go straight to God and talk to Him, not the person you are upset with or another person to talk about the person you are upset with (gossip). Get insight from Him on how to handle the hurtful or frustrating situation and do what He says. More recently I’ve been realizing that most of my frustration is about me and allowing God to do His heart work. Often, I don’t have to go beyond my conversation with God. It allows me to let go and gives me calm in my spirit.
Samuel’s story gets even sweeter and shows us about God’s character and love for us. Our Father spoke encouraging words to Samuel (Samuel 8:7), “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected Me as their king.” The Lord told Samuel to give them a king and he did what the Lord told him to do. God speaks sweetly to each of us in different ways in every situation in our lives. Are you listening? He cares about the mundane tasks that need to get done during the day and the frustration I feel when I can’t even do those simple things. He will encourage us if we stop to listen. Samuel was known as a person whose relationship with God was grounded in prayer and when God spoke he obeyed.
“God taught Samuel that true prayer is always based first on surrender to the will of God, not on the need of man. Samuel shows us what it means to pray the way God wants.” This quote is from Life Principles from the Prophets of the Old Testament from the Following God Character Series by Barber, Rasnake and Shepherd.
Wouldn’t it be great to be known as a person who prays and obeys God? Let’s live like Samuel: pray and obey!
It is Eastertide- Day 17 and as we continue our celebration of our risen Savior, maybe some time for confession is in order as you pray today. Our blessing today is Psalm 66:18-20:
“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld His love from me!”
If you don’t know what Eastertide is, here is my post that explains it: http://iloveyoualwaysnomatterwhat.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=687&action=edit
Beauty & Blessings!