Rustle, rustle… stir… whimper… whimper. I role over and try to pry my eyelids open. Squinting at the clock, I attempt to focus my eyes on the red numbers. 4:42. Ugh. She can make it a little longer till she needs to eat, I think….
Swish, swish…blankets moving…whimper…pant… I have to sit halfway up this time to lean over my husband. 5:23. Can she make it a little longer? I was hoping for 6:30 this morning. Whimpering turns to panting that turns into wailing. I slide my legs out from under the comfy covers and lean over the crib. In the soft light I see my little girl turn to look up into my face. Her countenance changes from utter disgust to one of the cutest smiles I’ve ever seen. “Is momma’s little girl hungry?” I whisper. She smiles.
I scoop her up and tip-toe out the bedroom door and sleepily sink into the living room couch. She begins to whimper again. Obviously, I’m not getting food into her belly as fast as she wants! As soon as she is able, she latches on as if she hasn’t seen food in years. Her eyes close. Her perfect little hand rests on my chest as if she’s cupping a bottle. She drinks contentedly in long, slow gulps. Minutes later I sit holding this little one. She sleeps soundly now in my arms, belly full. I stare at her perfect face and thank God for such a blessing. She smiles in her sleep. I wonder what she’s dreaming about. I stand and quietly lay her back down into bed. She sighs. Then she drifts off to a sound sleep again.
Wailing, crying, pooping, feeding, spit-up, another outfit soiled, another load of laundry. Wipe the nose. Wash the dishes. Vacuum the floor. Pick up the toys. Wipe the counter. More poop. Eat again. Cry. Play. Laugh. More spit-up. Poop. Take a bath. Nap. Sit down. Get up. Make dinner. Eat. Spit-up. Cry. Bed? Smile. Feed….
“Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do ALL to the glory of God.”1 Corinthians 10:31
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with ALL your might;” Ecclesiastes 9:10
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Colossians 3:23
In Sunday school this week we discussed the theology of vocation. Since then, my mind has meditated on the truths written in the verses above. To bring glory to our God through our vocation (job) involves glorifying Him with whatever we do. When I seek to take joy in my tasks and praise the God who created me by working diligently, I exalt Him and build His kingdom. For me, this means as I clean every dirty diaper, load of laundry, runny nose, pile of dishes, I can praise Jesus. For you, it may mean every email sent, paperwork filed, phone call made, essay assignment completed, lesson prepared, wall painted, client helped, or broken arm set should be done with an internal motive of glorifying the Lord and master of your life.
How do we build Christ’s kingdom by doing these things? By working cheerfully as to the Lord. By not complaining about what He has given us to do. By having an eternal perspective. By knowing that our life will dwindle like a vapor so we must do all things now to make our life count, not just for our family and friends, but for the God who created us.
My daughter lies on the floor now kicking and playing. She’s starting to get fussy because she needs a diaper change and a nap. I’m off to build the kingdom of Christ. Whose kingdom are you working on?