I served 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces so I have a bit of a predisposition to like things tidy and in order. My wife and I raised five children so you can just imagine how much fun I was to have around. Oh yes, did I mention . . . my wife is a saint. I’m getting a little better with the grandchildren now but there are undoubtedly some of my family members who might take exception to that statement.
One of our daughters who has a one year old daughter is staying at our place for a few days. Problem being that my daughter has a tendency to leave stuff all over the place. Nothing major, just little things like not tightening the lip on the coffee container or putting it back where it belongs, leaving pop cans in the sink or not putting my toothpaste back in the holder and not closing the top of the toothpaste tube. I could go on but I’m sure you catch my general drift. I’ve done real good, never said a word. Well . . . I might have mentioned it to my wife but absolutely nothing to my daughter and I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t be reading this. But these little “irregularities” bother me. Considering that I’m 74 years old now, the possibility that I will change my ways aren’t really great.
While driving to work today ( I only work part-time), it crossed my mind that during the run of a day there must be many times that I do things that go against how God likes things done. I’m pretty sure that His list with me would be a lot longer than mine with my daughter. I know in my heart that these little things shouldn’t really matter and considering how long suffering and patient God has been with me over the years, I probably shouldn’t even be thinking about them, let alone allowing them to bother me. Anyway, I made a mental note to try to lighten up a bit and make sure I didn’t allow these “irregularities” to affect her stay with us. And yes, I’ve prayed about it. Bottom line is that I love my daughter and her child is just outright adorable.
To add insult to injury, I go to my Bible reading and we’re in Luke, chapter 10. Guess what’s at the end of chapter 10? Yep, the narrative about Martha and Mary. Verses 41-42 in particular.