Tuesday, January 24, 2012

♪Little stuff, big stuff, in-between stuff, God sees it all the same...♪

A mere six months ago, I kissed my sweet husband goodnight, and we snuggled into our big old bed for what would unfortunately be our last night at home together.  Looking back, I cannot fathom that it was just another ordinary night.  Sure, we knew he had to be at the hospital for his "routine" surgery early the next morning; we had no idea that it would go so wrong.  I can still picture him walking into the boys' room, waking them just a little so he could give them one of his special "full body" hugs and a kiss before we headed out at 5am that morning.

An ordinary night.  An ordinary day.  You never know what might be your last.  I don't want to bring anyone down, but from my sad experience, take a little bit of advice.  Cherish every loved one in your life.  Be thankful that they are in it.  Live each day, ordinary or not, like it is extraordinary, trying to squeeze all the gusto and fun and laughter you can out of it.  I'm reminded of a Don Henley song, I'm not even sure of the title, but in it he says, "There's just so many summers, and so many springs..."

A soft gentle rain is falling on Wichita Falls as I write this.  I'm tired, it's been a busy day.  I am so thankful for my friends....have I told you that lately?  One special family, Mike & Pat, graciously offer to take Andrew to basketball practice with their son, Anthony, every Monday and Tuesday night.  That is such a gift, especially on Tuesdays, when AJ's at school until 4, Ben has piano from 5 to 6, AJ leaves for practice at 6:15, returning around 9.  Knowing they are taking care of Andrew means the world to me.  I went through the drive-thru at McDonald's twice tonight in 30 minutes--the first time for Andrew, dropping food off for him, then running to pick up Ben, and going back by McD's for his dinner.  By the time we made it home, Andrew was gone already.  He came home tired, with a sprained ankle.

Mark's mom is packing up a lifetime of memories, sorting through a house full of things, as she plans on moving from the big farmhouse she was raised in, the home she raised four children in.  I look at all the change I've seen and been a part of in the past year, and it's both humbling and overwhelming.  She is looking forward to moving into town, to a retirement village filled with cousins and good friends.  It's bittersweet for me, to see the old farmhouse vacated; she will rent it after it is emptied this summer.

It's been the constant in my life for almost a quarter of a century.  We've stayed in it all seasons of the year, I love the way the stairs creak whenever the boys bound down them.  I enjoy sitting on her front porch, where I've witnessed first hand God's artistry and majesty in some of the most lovely sunsets imaginable.  And unlike here, in the suburbs, the sunset there is unobstructed, as are the sunrises on the opposite side of the house.

Last spring while visiting, Mark came in from outside, after dark, remarking about the stars and the Milky Way.  I walked out to the front yard, looked overhead, and saw the most beautiful swirl of millions of stars, the Milky Way in all its glory.  The farm is just far enough from town that there's no ambient light, so you get front row seats to the stars.  I'd often wondered why it's called the Milky Way....now I know.  So many stars, they look like milk against a blue-black sky.  In that moment, I really felt how small I am in this big creation God's made.

 Steven Curtis Chapman's "Do Everything" reminds me that no one is insignificant; no act is insignificant.  No day is ordinary when we are glorifying God.  The lyrics are lovely, the tune catchy.  It's my new favorite running song:

You're picking up toys on the living room floor for the 15th time today 

Matching up socks 

Sweeping up lost cheerios that got away 

You put a baby on your hip 

Color on your lips and head out the door 

While I may not know you, 

I bet I know you 
Wonder sometimes, does it matter at all? 



Well let me remind you, it all matters just as long 

As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you, 
Cause he made you, 
To do 
Every little thing that you do 
To bring a smile to His face 
Tell the story of grace 
With every move that you make 
And every little thing you do 



Maybe your that guy with the suit and tie 

Maybe your shirt says your name 

You may be hooking up mergers 

Cooking up burgers 
But at the end of the day 

Little stuff 

Big stuff 
In between stuff 
God sees it all the same 

While I may not know you 

I bet I know you 
Wonder sometimes, does it matter at all? 
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lthing_20976410.html ] 
Well let me remind you, it all matters just as long 
As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you, 
Cause he made you 
To do 
Every little thing that you do 
To bring a smile to His face 
Tell the story of grace 
With every move that you make 
And every thing you do 



Maybe you're sitting in math class 

Or maybe on a mission in the Congo 
Or maybe you're working at the office 
Singing along with the radio 

Maybe you're dining at a 5-star 

Or feeding orphans in the Myanmar 

Anywhere and everywhere that you are 



Whatever you do 

It all matters 
So do what you do 
Don't ever forget 



To do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you, 

Cause He made you 
To do 
Every little thing that you do 
To bring a smile to His face 
And tell the story of grace 



As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you, 

Cause he made you 
To do 
Every little thing that you do 
To bring a smile to His face 
And tell the story of grace 
With every move that you make 
And every little thing you do 



In every little thing you do 

In every little thing you do


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