Day 31: Let Your Parents See Me!
Oh Abba, I heard your quiet voice this morning. My mother and daddy are here at the beach with me. We are celebrating their Sixty Fifth Wedding Anniversary. Amazing – I still have both of them at 88 and 82! But things are changing. K Larry and I are the strong ones, the drivers, the ones that look out for their safety. My Abba wants me to Serve them in love today. Now that is a simple statement but sometimes it is a little hard when mother wants me to be her 5 year old and tell me everything to do, how to do it and when to do it. Daddy lives in his own universe that revolves around him, his wants, needs and great aggravation at his failing body. He fell up the steps coming in yesterday trying to “be the man and help”. That was when I got a dose of reality that things are really changing. The verse that popped up in my head was where Jesus was talking to the “religious guys” and they were saying they didn’t have time to mess with their parents because they were devoting their time and money to “God Work”. In the past, after a few days of “dealing” I can get rather “FINE = Finicky Irritable Nasty Eccentric (me focused and what I’m having to put up with). Oh this morning Abba said Serve them with lots of love, extravagant love, consideration for their age, and a heart that loves and honors them with NO Resentments. And then the verse that jumped in my head was Isaiah 30:15: In quietness and trust is your strength. I called my man in and explained the gift my Abba wants today. I asked him if he would help me = being patient, overlooking lack of consideration because daddy’s focus is on himself and mother’s focus is on helping. Oh my goodness – the Everybody Loves Raymond TV shows just popped up. Tee Hee Hee! Ok, a good sense of humor, a thankful heart, and lots of love are getting ready to be dispensed today. How can I say that? Because II Peter 1:3 says His divine power has given to me all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these I may be a partaker of the divine nature! - Or my translation: You got everything you need baby doll - not because of you but because of Jesus - so get with it!
Let me put on my little servant hat -the mind of Christ – as I am reminded that one of the last things Jesus said was “John, look out after mom” and watch to see the effect of generous, outrageous, God size Love.