When we arrived in Dallas, a day later than planned, we dumped everything from the truck into the "front room". Boxes and bags hang over arms of chairs and lean on each other, creating a maze of chaos.
We were able to extract the boxes full of kitchen spices, pans and food and load them up in the kitchen. (Yes, my mother in law is a patient patient woman... and I cook her dinner =) )
Then you have our room, clothes and blankets and pillows spilling over and under every surface.
It is often said that the way we respond to those we love or events in life reflect our relationship with our Lord and Savior... they reflect where our heart is.
"For out of the abundance ofthe heart the mouth speaks." (Matthew 12:34)
As I began to see emotions bubbling out of my soul I started to try to look deeper and met with static.
You know that fuzzy screen you got back when TV channels were turned manually and most of them didn't work?
Just as my stuff is mixed and jumbled, so is my heart.
Away from my rhythms and routine, away from all the things that make me feel like me, who am I?
When I am not feeling on my mark and ready to sprint across the ocean, am I qualified to be a missionary?
When my child doesn't like me and is struggling and my husband is stressed and overworked and I still respond poorly, how can I call myself a Christian wife and mother?
Ah, breathe a sigh of relief here.
When an angry mob, full of adrenaline and blood-lust rushed to Jesus and threw a woman at his feet, ready... wanting to kill her and trap him at the same time... what did he do?
"Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." (John 8:7)
Where are the accusers? Gone.
I am not accused.
I am loved.
Just thinking about the peace and calm Jesus had during this exchange brings peace and confidence to my heart.
This is the Jesus I am following and trusting.
This is the Jesus I want others to know!
I am blessed beyond words.
I am so thankful for all of the blessings I have had in Louisville (and still have).
I am thankful for a wonderful place to stay in the meantime and time to spend with family.
I am thankful that even when life turns upside down, my Savior is there with peace and grace for my wayward heart.
Today I sorted through some boxes, literally and spiritually and am feeling a little less chaotic.