Does this thing come with Instructions?

Have you ever had one of those days, weeks, months when everything seems to go wrong?  Everyday feels like Ground Hog Day.  The same mess over and over and over.  On many occasions I actually find myself looking up to the sky and saying, “Really God?  Really?”

I would like to think that words like “fun,” “loving,” “unselfish,” “joyful,” would be the type of words used to describe my family.  Mostly I feel like “messy” is the only word that will actually do.

Case and point #1.

Simple request: Since we are all dressed up, beautiful and fancilike, for my brother-in-laws wedding how about a family picture?  A momento to track  this precious occassion.  A snapshot in time, if you will.  Behold…

family photo mess

Case and point #2.

Simple request: Please, let mommy finish getting dressed.  I will be down in one minute.  Below is the scene that welcomed me.  I guess worse things have happened…

True story.  Scariest doll I've ever seen, its only appropriate the kids pulled its head off.  They loved that thing, its name was Barron.  Don't worry, they cleaned up all their mess and Grandma Debbie will be delivering a new (hopefully less horrifying) doll.
True story. Scariest doll I’ve ever seen, its only appropriate the kids pulled its head off. They loved that thing, its name was Barron. Don’t worry, they cleaned up all their mess and Grandma Debbie will be delivering a new (hopefully less horrifying) doll.

These instances I do believe are quite hilarious, but most are not nearly as picturesque.  I find the question often popping into my mind, “Is this all there is?  An incessant redudancy of baths times, 3.5 meal times a day, squeezing in ab crunches and flax seed to “stay healthy,” working, writing, folding laundry and going to bed?”  Not only do I find myself digging for the true worth I deep down believe in, but the question of life’s worth sometimes rears its head.

I must have take my eyes off of what is most important.

“The Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” Hebrews 4:12

Surely if the Word of God can do all of that, it can help me deal with my “mess.”  I guess we all need reminding sometimes that this thing called life does come with an instruction manual.  It does come with answers and it does come with hope.  Too often I take my eyes off of the wisdom available and ready to impart new breath into this tired soul.

The verse before:

There remains, then a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:10

“So Maria,” (this is God talking to me in my head.  Crazy possibly but this is what goes on in my mind. Honest.) “Put down the to-do list, put down the mess in your mind, cup the precious cheeks of those children of yours and kiss them until they squirm out of your grip.  Rest and play, at the very least, once a week.  And don’t forget, I’m a pretty smart Guy.”

4 thoughts on “Does this thing come with Instructions?

  1. Maria, I just love the family picture:) . It brings to mind when your uncles were young and the similar problems of getting that one perfect family picture. Believe it or not we still can’t get a good family picture now.I must say this picture is a good framing picture. Hey listen you brought smiles to me this morning and this is good…God is good.. you 2 are doing a super job as Mom and Dad..and your family is beautiful. Keep your postings coming, just love them…You are beautiful in and out and I love you so very much, Nana

  2. You are not alone! I have similar family photos and now that my children are all teens (gasp) those goofy attempts at family pics are all pretty precious. Your words of advice are right on target! God has given you a beautiful family to take care of. Enjoy every moment!

    1. Thank you Karen! I know you are right…so are saying that in the long run I will cherish our silly family pic more?! That is great news! Thank you so much for sharing.

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