Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Where He Meets Me

I wrote this post almost three years ago. But, after sharing about the loss of my Dad to suicide yesterday, I am so thankful that no matter where life takes me, how I'm feeling at any moment, or what the day holds, Jesus always meets me.

Right where I am.

He'll meet you today, too.

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Originally published October 8, 2009


I need Jesus today. I mean, I need him every day, but I *know* and am aware that I need Him today. I love it that He meets me where I am.


This was my Facebook status yesterday morning.

And, there's a story behind it that I want to share with you.

When I wrote it, I was in the midst of one of *those* mornings.

My children - up since the wee morning hours - were energy personified. And, thanks to a nasty wind storm that came through our area during the night, I was exhausted from a lack of sleep.

And, our house was a mess. Because I struggle with, among other things, chronic household laziness and not only did I not feel like cleaning up a single thing the night before, I didn't clean up a single thing the night before.

And, while this is a struggle with which I wrestle daily with seemingly little progress, it also carries with it the burden of guilt. It just does.

Hyperactive children + exhausted, weary Momma + messy house = a recipe for needin' some Jesus. It would have made sense to reach out to Him, right?

But, I decided to clean up instead. Because if I was going to mother hyperactive children in my exhausted, guilt-laden state, I was going to do it without Lego imprints on the bottoms of my feet.

I walked into our dining room and realized that my (already prone to hyperactivity) children had gotten into and devoured my bag of Hershey's Kisses. The bag was crumpled on the table, ripped down the center, and empty. With little foil bits strewn about it.

It was my fault. I, in my laziness, didn't clean up the night before, remember?

So, I hastily grabbed the empty, ripped open bag and tucked it under my arm, swept up the little foil bits strung about with the palms of my hands, and huffed and puffed my way to the kitchen trash can.

And, that's where Jesus met me.

Standing over my kitchen trash can.

Weary.

Guilt-laden.

Tired.

I slowly untucked my empty little bag of daily, sanity-giving joy from under my arm, and peered down into the bag and saw what I had felt pressing against my side while I hostilely walked to the kitchen.



It might as well have spoken audibly because I heard Jesus speaking to me through that tiny little piece of chocolate.

I am here. I will meet you where you are.

And, if that weren't enough for my weary soul that needed to know, really know, of Jesus' presence yesterday - I walked over to my kitchen sink, and while I closed my eyes, savoring that little piece of hope, that Small Voice within me spoke to my fear and guilt and shortcomings:

Remember, I am.

You don't have to be.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing..that story literally gave me chills just now. I am a momma of 3 littles and today have had that same kind of day..exhausted, little patience, just "done." This was a well needed reminder for me that Jesus does indeed meet us where we are and gives us exactly what we need to get through whatever He brings us@

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    1. Those kinds of days can be so draining, can't they? Whew. I know this so well. SO thankful for Jesus!

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  2. Well, yes... every mother in the universe who just read this post said, "Oh good, it's not just me." Except that you use that moment to listen to God. :)

    I understand. I'm thinking of a particular child who likes to roll herself in paint, be naked and intentionally spits water on the floor because she thinks puddles are funny.

    Sometimes I think my only job is to keep my children alive. Forget about education or any book "larning"... :)

    And, you're not lazy. :) You're brave because you put your family first before anything else.

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    1. I love you, Emily. So thankful for you.

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  3. Oh man. Oh man. Oh man....can I EVER SO RELATE!!! Beautiful post...I love your heart, thank u for sharing it. gosh, I miss u!((hugs))

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