Joy in the LORD’s place

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The sink is currently piled high with dishes, and my laundry basket is FULL of clean clothes to be folded (well, actually, it’s overflowing)…as is the DRYER…while the washer is full of WET clothes that need to be dried. I’ve got laryngitis, the babies are both sick (poor sweeties), and the toys are EVERYWHERE again.

“We say God is enough, but the fact that we hover and worry and fret when our goals and hopes don’t pan out proves otherwise…” ~ Lydia Brownback in “Joy” ~

So, here I am, as the girls both sleep, trying to put my actions where my mouth is…seeking harmony and intimacy with God before seeking to have a clean kitchen and a tidy house.

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

I so often say that my God is enough for me, yet I fret and hover and worry when my household goals aren’t met…when my “treasure” of a comfortable, well-organized life is threatened.

“For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendour and Majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.” (1 Chronicles 16:26-27)

God’s Word confronts my obsessive compulsion with cleanliness today, reminding me that the strength and joy I so desperately need are not found in having everything “just so”. Strength and joy are found in the LORD’s place…where He is…in that place of sweet harmony and fellowship with Him, where I see Him over all, and through all and in all.

Oh, how I need His grace to see rightly…to see with a heavenly, eternal perspective! Already, as I am trying to meditate and focus on these truths found in His Word, my mind has begun wandering off to Christmas lists, the Christmas budget, the how-and-when of Christmas shopping…agh!

But I hear the instrumental version of this hymn playing softly from Gracie’s resting time CD, gently calling me back:

“…Let thy goodness, like a fetter
bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, Lord,
Take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.”

This is my prayer today…that Jesus would bind my wandering heart to Himself, keeping my mind stayed on Him…keeping me in “the LORD’s place”, even as I go about my everyday, ordinary life.