Loving God While the Paint Chips Fall

 

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In the midst of rushing to finish summer projects (or finally starting them!), I feel a surge of adrenaline after school starts and I’ve got a little bit of alone time.

My brain begins listing things that need done. It’s a convenient list stashed in the back of my brain where I (hopefully) won’t lose it:

Scrub the siding on the house.

Finish spring cleaning the kitchen. Sheesh. It’s almost fall.

Scrape and paint the trim for multiple outside doors. (Oh yeah, basement windows too.)

Weed, weed, weed. And trim the dead plants and scatter extra seeds for next year.

Organize the basement. Yep. All those Christmas decorations that never went away.

Garage sale? (Yikes!)

And the list goes on and on and on…

But while I’m rushing around like a mad woman, a still, small voice whispers in the back of my brain, pushing past my list:

I’m waiting for you.

 In all my hurrying, in all the madness that is my hamster wheel (if I let it become that), God is waiting to spend time with me. Little ol’ me.

And little ol’ you, too.

But we need to make God not only a priority but the priority. The very top priority in our hearts.

One of the really amazing things I’ve learned about God: He doesn’t mind if we pray and talk to Him while we’re scraping the trim to that kitchen door or laugh with Him while scrubbing the siding on the house and the water runs right down our armpits. And I think He smiles when we stop and notice with little-kid joy all the butterflies, thanking Him for them (and for the cool breeze, the deer in the woods, the much-needed break etc., etc.).

I have to wonder if spending time with God in our hearts and loving Him while our hands are busy scrubbing the house and watching the paint chips fall brings us closer to Him.

I believe it does.

‘“Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?’ Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence. This is the most important, the first on any list.’” (Matthew 22:36-38 MSG.)

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