“After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth…” (Revelation 7.1 NIV).
This photo was a Timehop from two years ago on my Facebook feed today. This is me at my computer getting a sweet kiss from my middle child–my brown-eyed boy! I love this photo because it shows so much about my life.
I don’t know what I was writing. I could have been working on one of my books or just writing a blog entry, but Mommy writing has been a part of my kids’ lives since they can remember. Seeing me at my computer with notes to the left of me and a soft blanket across my lap is normal to them.
There are four general places that my kids will find me in our home. If they are looking for me, they know to look in the kitchen, in the office, in the garage or in my closet.
The kitchen is where I serve my family. I cook and clean for them, ensuring that they eat healthy meals, yet enjoy special treats now and then.
The office is where I do my work. I write nonfiction and fiction books about Jesus, and I explore His influence and love in the lives of His people.
The garage is where exercise. I workout because it makes me feel good, and I know my body needs it.
The closet is where I pray and read my Bible. I spend time with God, and He fills me with everything I need and more.
So when my kids wonder, “Where is Mom?” They will look in these four places–where I serve, where I work, where I exercise and where I pray.
These four places may seem small and insignificant to the world, but they are the platform where God has placed me. They are my four corners (1 Chronicles 9.24).
I think if we could all find our four corners, we will see ourselves being established in the center of God’s best plan for our lives. We won’t be too busy or too idle. We will have the grace to achieve daily what God has called us to do without being overwhelmed or bored.
So many times we overextend ourselves. We do too many things and make too many commitments. Everything sounds good, but not everything is possible all at the same time. Yes, seasons change. My family may see me in four different rooms years down the road, but I will be prayerful of the four places God wants me to be. I always want Jesus in the center.
Just like the Cross has four sides with Jesus hanging in the middle–I want my life to have four corners, knowing that Jesus is in the middle pouring out His love, grace, forgiveness and redemption on all that I do for Him.
“She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.”
Proverbs 31.17 (NIV)