For much of the month of April, I’ve enjoyed having my daughter and her little ones here for an extended visit. They live more than nine-hundred miles away, so when they make the long trek here, we take full advantage of our time together. When she’s in town, extended family members drop by, old friends who want to catch up stop in, and the house can be bursting at the seams with people of all ages! At times things can get a little noisy, messy, and almost chaotic—but it is a delightful chaos!
During their visit, our area of the country was rocked with devastating storms. If you missed reading the posts Monday and Tuesday, I hope you’ll check those out. In those posts, I shared my heart with you on how to grapple with sudden tragedy. I also wrote a post, shortly before the storms, sharing what I’d want my loved ones to know if I am taken suddenly.
I hope you’ll click here to read that post if you missed it.
Today, I want to encourage you to pause in the middle of your chaotic life and hug those you care about. Consider the brevity of life and the transient nature of family relationships. Don’t take for granted that your house will always be full, or if you’re single, that your loved ones will always be around. Since the passing of my father, I’ve become keenly aware of the need to take full advantage of every moment we have with loved ones.
♥ Do you say “I love you” often to friends and family members? It may be the last time you have the opportunity to let them know.
♥ Do you give undistracted attention to that child who is asking for your time or are you glued to your phone and brushing him or her off with a quick reply?
♥ Are you thankful for the mess because it means little ones are healthy and able to eat and play?
♥ Have you given your husband a tight squeeze today, and gazed long enough in his eyes to communicate your love in a meaningful way?
I know chaos can be hard. I understand that it takes much energy to prepare meals, cook, clean, do laundry, give baths, and tackle the million other tasks a mom does throughout each and every day. But today, I encourage you to do all those tasks knowing that one day, you may not have the opportunity to feed that little one, to sing that song, to cuddle with and look that baby in the eyes as you nurse. Today enter your mundane tasks with the brevity of life in mind and hold your loved ones close.
[box]“As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.” (Psalm 103:15–16)[/box]