Well, my laundry intermission has come to a close. We leave for the airport in less than four hours. I am super excited, but also a little nervous and obsessed with my check list. Did I do everything I needed to do? Have I signed enough papers to take care of the kids now and in the event of a crisis? Have I packed all that I’ll want with me? Do I have enough books and handbags? Is my house clean enough for those who will be using it in my absence?
Last night while straightening the playroom I faced an empty chalkboard. Of course I had to fill it, but with what? As I continued my task, now focused on the books scattered across the floor, one cover flipped open. It was an alphabet memory verse boardbook. The flopped-open page read:
“Delight yourself in the Lord. — Psalm 37:4”
That’s exactly what the chalkboard needed to say.
Deep cleansing breath. Sure, I have a ton to do and a lot I want to do, but none of it matters when compared to the Lord. Am I delighting in Him or am I trying to find my delight in other things? Like coffee or a clean house or an unexpected romantic tryst? (Isn’t “tryst” a fun word? It was in the advertisement for the hotel where we’ll be staying!) To what do I look for peace and joy? If not in God, then I’m going to miss the boat.
And if I don’t get off this computer, I’m going to miss my plane. I’ll be traveling without my laptop, which will likely feel like living without my right arm, so I’ll be offline until the end of next week. Until then …