Today we had some errands to run, and when we got home the girls ran off to play Barbies together. I had told Isaac we would get out the play-doh, so we headed into the kitchen and started getting out all the supplies. It’s nothing that elaborate — just a few colors, some knick-knacks to cut out shapes, and mini-sized plates and cups if we want to make a dessert or something yummy. 😉
As I sat there with Isaac at the kitchen table making “baby balls” and cutting out blue alligator after green alligator after red alligator, I really began to enjoy just being with him. Time was standing still, and with every bubble we blew from his Star Wars light saber bubble wand, I could feel the joy bubbling up inside my mama-heart. I laughed, he grinned, and we shared about half an hour of uninterrupted bliss.
Sometimes the unplanned, spontaneous moments end up being the most precious of all.
You know, I like my to-do list. I like my planner. I really like the way it helps me to serve my family better. It helps me stay on top of the things that must be done so our family can function smoothly and with peace. But I am not a slave to my planner or my to-do list. I do not serve my planner, rather my planner serves me and my family. This is the perspective I want to keep in mind — that if a choice must be made between the two, people are always more important than productivity.
As I sat there with my baby boy (who is going to be the big brother in a few months), I thought about how God cherishes the being more than the doing. He’s really into just being with us.
We see this in the familiar story of two sisters, Mary and Martha, when Jesus came to their home.
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42 NLT
God absolutely loves being with you. He enjoys your company so much that He sent His Son to die so He could have unbroken fellowship with you. Don’t be worried and upset over all the details like Martha. Like Mary, you can discover the only thing worth being concerned about — sitting at His feet (whether you are alone or surrounded by lovely little people).
“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us…our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son…” Romans 5:1,10
Romans 5 lets you know for sure that God is your friend if you trust in Jesus Christ. True friends are not after what you can do, they enjoy just hanging out with you. They value you just for being you. You don’t have to impress them — you can just be yourself. That’s how God feels about you — He treasures being with you.
Today, remember that God just wants to be with you. And know it’s okay if you don’t get all the things on your to-do list done. Make it your aim to enjoy your kids today. Enjoy their little smiles and giggles, and don’t let the imperfect moments get you down. You can also rest assured that as you are enjoying your children, your God is enjoying you.
Savor relationship — with God and the precious ones He has given to you.