"The deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray:

'Thy Will Be Done'."

~Elisabeth Elliot

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Beautifully Distracted

Ok....so yesterday, I spent a little time cleaning my house...sweeping the floors, taking out the trash, vacuuming the couches, fluffing the pillows, dusting, decorating here and there...etc. I was finally finished with what I was doing so I sat to rest on the couch when my little ten pound dog comes over and pretends to sit on my lap only to jump over me and onto one of my newly fluffed silk pillows...she stands on it...bites the corner....then circles it 4 or 5 times until it is just right...and then plop...she's down for the count and asleep before I can even get up to remove her. Yesterday, I feel like all I did was fluff pillows. Fluff, Refluff, Fluff, Fluff, Fluff....I totally forgot about all the other stuff I did during the day. Even right before bed, I fluffed them up again figuring she was going to be in her crate in 2 minutes and when I woke up this morning 3 of them were mysteriously de-fluffed and one of them was on the floor. Ugh! She even has her own silk pillow to sit on!! She eventually ends up there, but it is like she does it on purpose...You know how we (humans) go to carnivals and play that game where you hit the weasel on the head when he pops up? I felt like that's what she was doing...my pillows would only stay fluffed for a matter of minutes. So...I had to think...how much of my day am I wasting literally fluffing pillows? Wouldn't my couches be just as functional without the pillows? I could always just put them out for company or when we need extra comfort. Then, I had to think...how much time do I figuratively waste "fluffing pillows"? Having a clean house is a wonderful thing...it's beautiful...but could I be beautifully distracted by "fluffing pillows" in the other areas of my life? Hmmmm....I had these thoughts even before reading what God had for me today...Here's what He told me in His Word...ironic....

Ephesians 5:15-21
"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is....be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ."

2 comments:

JackieWoods said...

I love it. You should be a devotional write- so relevant....
Be sure to invite Anna Hastings- she wants to write devotionals and this would help her.

David said...

That is a great point and i kinda chuckled when i read it. I know its none of my business and doesnt affect me at all but i always kinda got the impression that you obsess a little too much about a perfectly clean house (cause i feel like it is a rare occasion i am allowed inside when i come to hang out with Nate!! lol)... i really like your point though... (can you tell i use the ... way to much too?).

Anyways- I do know what you mean and I try to work on some of those things too (i waste so much time doing the same things over and over again that really dont matter anyways.

By the way, I know this is an old post, but i just discovered your blog, cause I was checking out your facebook account (i only check mine like once a week lately- if that). Good to see you are trying something new with computers---blogs are fun. I tried to start one but didnt really know what to talk about. I made a site for me and anna too, but havent taught her how to use it yet and i always get too lazy. We have our own domain, not with blogger or whatever....i will show you when i clean it up a bit.

Anyways---just wanted to say hey and good job on the blog...i will read more of it another time--its getting late. Good night.