Aiming for progress, not perfection.

"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

Thursday, August 26, 2010

early morning ministry.

a little before 5 o'clock this morning, i awoke to the small-yet-distressed cries of my son.

before i could get to his door, i could smell that he had been sick.

i flipped the light on to find him face down, knees up and shivering. he and his bed were covered in the evidence of a very upset tummy. his clothes were soaked, his arms and legs were covered, his hair a matted mess.

as i undressed him, he continued to shiver and repeated over and over, "yucky, mommy, yucky" as he cried. a bath was inevitable.

what followed was one of the truest acts of ministry of which the Lord has allowed me to be a part.

it occurred to me as i carried him to the bathroom that i should get in the tub with him.

we got in, and i held him against me. dirty. still shaking. naked.

i cupped my hand and poured warm water over him, slowly washing him from head to toe with a soapy rag as he lay on my chest, arms tightly clinging.

eventually, he stopped shaking and was at peace in my arms as i prayed over him.

the Lord said, "do you see? this is a picture of you and Me. you were cold and scared and surrounded by the mess you had made for yourself. when you were ready to cry out to Me, I ran to you and pulled you up out of your trouble. I pulled you near and washed you of every stain. and you found rest and comfort in Me. be aware, sarah. what I did for you, I will use you to do for others. this is one of many times."

"He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as i walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
many will see what he has done and be amazed.
they will put their trust in the Lord."
-psalm 40:2-3

8 comments:

Amy said...

Thank you for sharing that this morning! We all need to be reminded of God's amazing grace and love...and through the smallest of things He shows us. Praise God!

You're a wonderful Mommy! I hope Gray feels better soon...what a sweet boy.

Kat @ Inspired To Action said...

Beautiful.

JAC said...

A beautiful and true message - more people need to hear this! I'm so sorry my little angel is so sick. You are all in our prayers! Love you.

marme said...

OMGoodness! My heart is beating so fast from reading this.

YOU are an incredible mommy and inspiration and God is up to something big in your life!

just trying to live better said...

amazing

.tif said...

Thanks for this. :)

love said...

oh, amen, amen. what a beautiful new song we sing!

hope your little man is feeling better soon.

thank you for sharing this beautiful analogy from Him.

clw said...

Whereas I would have been totally grossed out and annoyed, you had an amazing perspective. Our God is so good. I enjoyed this; thank you!