I leaned back on the bathmat, watching my boys splash, laugh and play in the water. I looked at their faces, so bright and happy and full of innocence and hope and possibility. I smiled as I drank in this moment when I didn’t have anywhere else to be or anything else to do but focus my entire attention on these two precious gifts God has given me. And it hit me there in the bathroom on a typical Wednesday night, this is a sacred moment. This is a wonder moment.
As a parent of young children, most of my time is spent just making it through the day. I get up, get ready, get the kids ready, get lunches ready, drive to work, work, drive home, get kids home, monitor homework, attempt a conversation with my husband, get kids ready for bed, get kids to bed, unwind, get myself to bed and do it all over again the next day. I’m not complaining. It’s a good life, one I am incredibly grateful to have. But I have to admit, I don’t always appreciate moments with my children for the wonderful gifts they are. Often, I send them out to play, or to color, or to watch TV while I work on something else. I get their hair washed in the bath and run out to do a load of laundry or catch up on e-mail.
Fortunately, God has infinitely more wisdom than me!! There are times when He breaks through the everyday plodding and reminds me that this time, frantic and chaotic as it may be, is sacred. God gives me those wonder moments when I remember what is truly important and can let go of the mundane to feast on the extraordinary. And the truly extraordinary is the time spent fully attuned to and connected with my family.
I love the song “Sacred” by Caedmon’s Call. It reminds me of the sacred elements each day holds, if only we can turn our focus onto them. As the chorus goes, “Everything is sacred and all this time, everything I’ve dreamed of has been right before my eyes.”
What wonder moments could God have in store for you today if you would see them?
Blessings and Peace,