I sweep the floor. A lot. We have dark hardwood floors and with two littles eating approximately 17 times a day, I’m constantly sweeping unless I want to crunch things underfoot. Which, let’s be honest. There are some days that I just put on some socks and ignore the muffled smashes.
I do a lot of laundry, too. See above paragraph. And add in cloth diapers.
There’s lots of nose-wiping, sippy cup-filling, baby food-heating. Toddler questionings, phone ringings, baby holdings.
I’m guessing most of your days look something like this, too. Mundane, ordinary, no-glory tasks.
And yet He promises abundant life. Life more-than. More than we can ever imagine or ask for. So what I’m learning is that this abundant, beyond-imagination life takes place in the present moment. Not dwelling on the past or looking ahead to the future, but joining Him in the present.
I just finished a book where one of the characters talked a lot about having a “ministry of presence”. She meant being available in the moment to participate and join with Him in whatever He is doing.
I have a ministry of presence in my home, to my husband, to my littles. So do you. We are ministers of presence. We join with God and through His Spirit, we are able to enter into His life, moment by moment. By being there, by being available, by being present enough to listen to His voice.
We minister to tiny hearts by actively listening with His ears to their mismatched words and run-on sentences. We minister to little bodies by wiping noses with a prayer or singing spontaneous songs during bath time or laundering mini-sized clothes with patience and long-suffering. We minister to every person who enters our doors by creating homes filled with welcome and acceptance and our own unique brand of creativity. We minister to our husbands by fixing up their coffee just right or paying attention to the details of a rough day or speaking encouragement or offering quick forgiveness to a careless word.
We minister presently, actively, hundreds of meeting-Him-in-the-moments as we march through our day. You, sitting right there reading this, have a ministry of presence that only you can fulfill.
Go be present. Go listen to Him amidst the crying and giggling and tantrum-throwing. He is there, waiting for you every time. He is present and He wants you to join Him there. Even when it’s the 37th time you’ve swept the kitchen floor this week.