It is hard for me to fathom at times the love Jesus has for me…and then I look at my children. Those same children who mess up, are messy, shout, shove one another, bicker, tattle and name call. Like many children do. I find myself with the intention each day to be more at peace, less angry when they start in with each other. I tell myself “if only I could find more time with Jesus and fill my self up then…”. Today, I had a word from God that He meets me right where I’m at. In the middle of the mess. The typical Sunday morning madness, dashing out the door for church, happened today. I felt so guilty for being so frustrated because “every other family in the whole wide world can just get up and get dressed without bickering!” We made it! Just as soon as we began to leave the elbowing for room in the car began. Everyone was hungry and crabby. I came home and then the tension wore on me and became snippy and short.
Then it happened! Jesus met me right there in my mess. He came to where I was, helped change my heart, my children asked to be excused from the table! Let me say that again!! My children whom have NEVER asked that – said “may I be excused please?” Like WOAH God! THANK YOU!!! Their manners turned right back on. They began thanking me for lunch and exclaimed how I’m the “best Mom ever and cook the best food”! In that moment I realized how much love Jesus has for me messy or not. Grumpy or not. Frustrated or not. That with Him anywhere I am, He can soften my heart and my words. He forgives me as I forgive my very own children when their in their moods. My love doesn’t diminish, it grows leaps and bounds in ways I never thought possible each day.
Happy Sunday! “He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.”
– Isaiah 40:11 NIV