I was busy picking up the mess left around the house from the kids. Homework was being done, dinner was cooking on the stove. The normal rhythm of a weekday afternoon was humming all around me. I was lost in thought and the list of “to do” pounding in my head. The list keeps getting longer and the days busier.
My husband comes home from work and says hello with a kiss. The kids are begging for dinner to be ready because they are starving. The dogs are running around the kitchen chasing each other and waiting for something to drop from the counter. In my head that pesky “to do” list keeps banging around. It feels as if my brain is going to explode.
Everyone goes outside and the sheer delight from their voices rings into the kitchen. The dogs reluctantly chase them outside and run with the kids. I’m all alone, with that “to do” list pecking away at my brain like a woodpecker delights in chomping at a tree. I try to push it aside and enjoy the ten minutes but it doesn’t work.
I head back to the bedroom to look at my planner to make sure I’m not forgetting something and come back to the kitchen. I decide maybe some worship music will help me get through the dishes and not be upset that my husband can play with the kids while I have to do all this work.
The music plays and I turn on the water to get started washing the dishes that are not dishwasher safe. (Why do they even make such a thing!) Slowly as the water rushes over my hands my soul settles. The sweet words of what my Savior has done for me wash over me as the water washes the dishes clean. My soul settles and I look.
I look outside and see. I see my husband and son laughing and playing together. My husband’s grin matches my son’s and then just like that the dog steals the ball they are playing with. I giggle as I watch the two of them chase the dog around the yard. My two sweet girls are busy playing an epic game of hide-and-go and seek. I laugh as I watch our other dog totally spoil the game because she runs right to where they are hiding and finds them first.
My head quit pounding and I was filled with such delight. These are my people. My loves that God has entrusted me with. I was in awe at how much God has blessed me with. Then just like that I was in awe at how faithful he is to quiet my soul. I had been begging all day for just five minutes. Just a couple moments to steal away and be refreshed.
Sure I didn’t expect it to come while doing dishes but isn’t that just like God to do things we do not expect. I was filled. When I was empty God filled me and reminded me He is all I need. I was delighted in Him and I remembered that he delights in me. Just as I sat there and delighted in seeing my family He delights in us.
Yes, the King of the Universe delights in us.
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
He is truly a Mighty Warrior ready to come in and tackle whatever it is you need. Maybe your like me and you just need a moment. Choose to turn that music on and he will be faithful to give you what you need. Maybe you need a miracle. Sweet friend run to his throne with boldness believing he can do it. He can and it may not be in the way you expect it but he is faithful.
Let us run to the Mighty Warrior that takes delight in us and rejoices over us with singing. Let us see him for who he is and allow him to quiet our soul. There is no better place in the world than in the arms of Jesus.
I pray that today you will find delight in Him as he delights over you. I pray that you will find a place of rest and rejoice in all he has done for you as he rejoices over you. Until next week sweet friends. Look with eyes of delight and not a “to do”.