For the past several months, when my pile of dirty dishes threatens to eat my sink, my counters, my sanity and maybe even the children...I settle in for the night with soap suds and sermons.
I don't know about you, but sometimes when I washing and rinsing and scrubbing...I am also whining, complaining and despairing. Not just over dishes, but over the day. I have a scripture taped above my kitchen sink that reminds me to give thanks...but sometimes I look past it and give gripes instead.
Lately, my mind has been on a roller-coaster ride of encouragement and discouragement. A mental up and down. All the excitement is a little exhausting! One day filled with promise and the next day, I am zoning out on the couch simply because I don't know where to start at getting through my goals and lists and promises and expectations...
And, while I spend another night washing away the grime of tonight's dinner (or...psst...last week's coffee cups!), I turn up the volume of my computer and turn down the volume of thoughts in my head. I turn on a sermon.
Tonight I listened to this sermon at antiochcc.net. It was all about the Holy Spirit. And I need the rest that Jimmy Seibert talks about that the Holy Spirit gives us to deliver us from striving and working and trying to do it "all" myself. Yes, I have been filled by Him before. Why in the world did I think that it was enough then? I need more now. Now. I can be filled anew today.
The soap suds cover my hands and the sink and the counter and my heart. I really feel cleaner tonight. And so do my dishes. I can finally rest my mind and go to sleep in His presence.
How much do you need His rest today?