I was convicted of neglecting the girls to clean house- neglect is probably not the right word, but I would let them play alone and do everything I
So, couple months ago Ella came like normal, it was probably a Monday, because I like to relax on the weekends (by relax I mean not clean)- sometimes it shows. Like that day. Ella showed up, when Brynnen woke up she had a fever- or Ella developed one? I don't remember, but one of them was sick, but it didn't stop them for a minute. We played all morning, about lunch time I realized how messy my house was: I had started laundry, so there was a pile of clothes on the couch, toys all over the floor, dishes in the sink, cluttered counter, mail- you name it, that day was out of place. As I was evaluating I hear DING DONGGGG (doorbell). ???? Who is at my door? I wasn't expecting anyone, maybe just a packa...nope, Ella's dad (& sister)...RIINNNGGG (my phone doesn't ring- but you get it), Sara, Ella's mom was calling me, letting me know Joe, Ella's dad is getting Ella. (thanks for the warning Sara!). He was already there, so we laughed and hung up. OH.MY.WORD. I let them in. Completely mortified. I don't like people in my house when it's messy- let alone dirty like a tornado hit it- especially someone that trusts me with the well-being of their child. I wanted to say "It's normally not like this, I clean during nap time- I promise I'm not like this!" But I didn't- I got Ella's stuff & and acted like no biggie. When they left I vowed then and there my house would stay picked up. NEVER would I be caught off guard again. I make the girls clean up whatever they play with and put back toys when they are done. Weekends we do the same. Now, when that doorbell rings, I am confident and will (hopefully) never again be embarrassed by my actions-- or lack of them!!
I share this humbling story because it fits our lives so well. I'm sure we can all think of a time we just weren't ready for something. a deadline, a presentation, a trip, a visitor.... Last week our Pastor preached on Matthew 24, the end of days and the unknown hour for the return of Christ. This incident has been replaying over and over in my head since. What if my house represented my life and/or heart condition and the unexpected door bell ring was Jesus returning- would I be ready? Or would I be overwhelmed and embarrassed. Is my heart and life so cluttered with "stuff" that I would have to again say "It's normally not like this, I "clean" during quiet time- I promise I'm not like this!" Only difference...at that time no one gets a second chance or a vow to do better. We don't get a warning phone call, e-mail, status update or tweet letting us know when to be ready. We must stay alert, hearts & minds ready for his return!
1 John 2:28 "...continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming." I thought that was very fitting. :)
God doesn't care how "messy" you are- you don't have to clean up first, give your mess to Him, he can handle- He will help you work through it, clean it up and most importantly- He is the only way you can be ready!
Matthew 24:44 says "So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." Today is the day to start "cleaning up" and vow to be ready when He comes. That's what I am doing--we can do it together!