Now I know. I am experiencing the working world. I have only been working for about two and a half weeks, and already my level of wonder at those working mothers has increased. The place I work is great, the people I work with are great, my hours are great, but I am still adjusting and appreciating more and more mothers of all varieties.
I have always been in awe of the women who work and come home to be a mother (another full time job). It seemed to me something I could not even fathom. I have felt the challenges of being a full-time mother are just as difficult, only different.
"For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses--as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope." Hebrews 3:3-6
For many, perhaps most, God as Father is not a pleasant parallel, and because of this much of the Bible is difficult to grasp. Through the work of Jesus on the cross, we are made God's children, and God is a Father unlike any other.
Many of us think that Christian service is motivated by obligation, and this might have been true for Moses, but for Jesus it was love, because God is a good and perfect Father.
When I read these verses, they were illuminated with the truth and beauty of God's love and how it motivates us to service and faithfulness. The analogy, the parallel, of God as Father works for me because my dad loves Jesus and has for as long as I can remember.
Thank you, Father of all fathers, God who loves His children deeply, for Your graciousness in giving me a dad who loves You.
The rushing river was the music in the background, creation the stage, rocks were our chairs, and while the Crew watched, God was the true audience. Kristi was baptized on Saturday:
We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that,
just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father
we too might walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4
I made prints from my new camera for the first time ever, and when I went to Walgreens to pick them up, I saw a poster for The Photo Trivet.
For those of you not familiar with a trivet, let me inform you: it is like a hot pad only made out of metal. Maybe it's just me, but I think this might be a bad gift idea. Perhaps people should consider putting someone's face on it they don't like: "Oh you, here, let me put this burning pan on your face!"
Who knows, maybe photo trivets are the next big thing?
We are now living with Kevin's parents in Oklahoma. Living with "the in-laws" for most is a scary thing, but our week here in mid-May really assured me that this would be a good thing.
For those of you who are familiar with the Bible, you might remember that Israel (beginning with Abraham) was blessed to be a blessing. This is true for us too, we are blessed so that we will be a blessing to those around us.
So as we make our home inside of a home that already exists, that is alive and is actively being a blessing to people already; I hope our family will be a blessing to Kevin's parents and to those that come in and out of this place. Not because we are amazing, but because of God's grace.