One of two things would happen if you were to come to my house.
1. You freeze at the door, eyes stretched wide at the sight before you. The "flight" response powers your feet to march politely back out the door to the safety of your clutter & germ-free car.
2. You dare to step in overlooking the topsy-turvey terrain, to find the beauty buried beneath. You'd look at the creations of art by the children, at props laid out for scenes rehearsed and have a good 'ole belly laugh.
Our house is undoubtably messy. Given that we have 4 kids (10, 10, 7, 1) and two with autism & ADHD living in this small house-gone haywire, I don't know how we can have it any other way.
Chaotic as it is... The last few months have uncovered various precious finds. Amidst the overwhelming clutter, discovering something loaded with character, filled with beauty, amazingly brilliant or just plain funny is even more striking.
It is like a gift.
A gift laid in place by God, with it's purpose to bring a smile to my face.
Here are a few examples:
♥ I open the pantry door, peer between the cans and bags of various foods in search for the pasta I know is in there somewhere.
I get this odd sense that someone, or something is staring back at me.
I dare look in it's direction, and I see a butternut squash looking back at me.
Someone drew life in him with big eyes, a nose and mouth. The squash is no more. Now it is the famous gourd "Jimmy" from VeggieTales!
No doubt, my Stevie gave him life that day.
♥ I sit down at my computer to check for email amidst the spam. I open a message from my 10 year old, Sage but the "From" line says it is from "The National Weather Service". Here are few excerpts:
At 5:30 PM at 12/31/12, An Emberrising Situation For The Last Day Of 2012. Fireworks Air Up At Different Times Instead Of 2011.The New Year Signillifant Is A Situation For The Dates. When You Are Sleeping If You Hear Loud Noises, That will cause BIG Problems.
Fireworks Can Travel 46 to 61 MPH. This Is Dangerous But Away From The Windows AT HOME!
I love the way he processes things in his day. His emails make my heart glow with cheer.
♥ I try to organize the tower of dvd's thrown hither and yon, and find amongst them this homemade dvd that Stevie had wanted for months:
♥♥♥ Blessings in secret places; unexpected, like God was having fun planting them for me to find.
I can imagine the anticipation He must have as he waits for the discovery; to see me laugh, smile big.
All gifts are showered down on us by God. He lavishes us with love (it rains down) .
"Every good and perfect gift is from above" James 1:17
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" 1 John 3:1
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us." Eph 1:7
His gifts and love are pouring down on us, we should be sopping from the wet!
Yet we so often miss "it" and grumble about needing to change our clothes, or complain that we forgot our umbrella.
With a shift of perspective, we see with new eyes. Eyes gifted to see all the rain holds. We can soak it in, we can romp.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Phil 4:8
Let us not miss what is all around us because of what is right before us.
Let us not miss the beauty of the forest because of all those trees in the way.
The disaster may be right before our eyes, trying to snatch our attention away from the big picture which is above; beyond.
But we don't have to look at all the stuff; we can open our eyes to truly see.
To see the gifts and graces showered down on us right smack in the middle of the mess.
And don't you think if we are standing out in the rain of His love, riches and grace, that maybe some of that rain will seep in?
Perhaps, reign in?
Reign over our thoughts? And this is my aim.... That He would reign in me over everything.
Lord, Reign In Me (click the link for the you-tube video of the song)
Over all the earth You reign on high
Every mountain stream, every sunset sky
But my one request, Lord my only aim
Is that You reign in me again
Lord reign in me, reign in Your power
Over all my dreams, in my darkest hour
You are the Lord of all I am
So won't You reign in me again
Over every thought, over every word
May my life reflect the beauty of my Lord
Cause You mean more to me than any earthly thing
So won't You reign in me again
♥ One last Funny Find: Stevie propped up Animal oh-so appropriately!
This post is dedicated in memory of my Aunt Amy. I wish she could have seen past the many trees blocking her view. And to her 4 siblings left behind. May you all know the magnificent love contained in every drop of rain.