Maybe I’m left with too much time to myself. Maybe I look too deep into things. Maybe I am on a sugar high from the half bag of jelly beans I just ate. Maybe I’m just crazy.
Or maybe…..just maybe, I’m on to something. I am blessed. I get to stay home with my children and be a hands on mom, FULL time mom and for half the year a full time dad. My husband is amazing. He knows the importance of having a full time parent on board and does everything he can to make sure that option is available to me. That being said, when the kids are in school I have time. I have time to address the chores, run grocery errands, mow the yard, pay the bills, shuffle people to and fro different activities. I have time.
Today I had time to visit someone who used to be a very big part of my life. I went to visit with some family I haven’t seen in years. The last time they saw me I was a little girl. I walked in today not knowing if they would even recognize me. I had to re-introduce myself because age had caught up with us all. I had grown from a little girl and, well, as you get older your memory tends to fail you sometimes. I made it probably 4 feet into the doorway before I found myself in a chair. Sitting across from me was a man I’ve always known as Paw Paw. In his eyes, in those clear blue eyes, I could see something. Instantaneously, as only the holy spirit can do, I felt God. I felt an overwhelming love for a man I haven’t seen in years and years. In our whole 3 minute conversation we got to talk about Jesus. I stayed and visited with my MawMaw and as I was leaving I asked my Paw Paw if I could give him a hug. It was truly the highlight of my day.
After I got home I was thanking God for the opportunity I had to visit with them, however short it may have been. I was then overcome with sadness. An aching for people who may never get that second chance. Not just to say, Hey I still love you, but that chance to share Jesus’ love.
I wasn’t expecting today to unfold as it did. I am however, happy that I had the time and MADE the time. I’m glad God revealed to me that there are so many people out there who don’t have that chance.
My prayer for you and for me.
Let’s make the time to mend broken relationships. Let’s make the time for those who hurt. Let’s make the time for the needy. Let’s make the time for our kids, our parents, our spouses. Living a life working your fingers to the bones means nothing if along the way you can’t experience God’s love towards another person. Let us let go of unresolved issues that keep you from experiencing peace, joy, happiness and love.
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor like yourself.