These are some pictures of my house right now.
Yep. Amazing, right? And now you're all royally confused. Nope, those aren't my baby toys, and no, I don't have a baby, but yes that's my baby-proofed condo.
We have some of our best friends staying with us right now with their darling little boy while they are in transition between their old house and closing on their new one, and it is just the best thing ever. I mean, logistically, we have an extra bedroom, extra bathroom, and plenty of space for 3 more so it makes sense, but we get so much in return that I could go on forever. We get to share dinner making duty, clean up duty, and have built-in early morning workout partners (that aren't lying next to us in bed, making it more enticing to snuggle instead). There is always someone to talk to, someone to help you decide which shoes to wear with your dress, AND there is the bundle of joy that is their 11-month old little pumpkin of a son. We get to help feed him, bathe him, read stories to him, and experience the fun of witnessing "firsts" right here in our own home. And it just makes my heart so happy. I'm telling you, the Swedes might actually be on to something with their communal living. We are having a blast!
Before they arrived, we wanted to make sure that their little one would be safe in our home, so we had a wild Friday night on Amazon.com and ordered outlet protectors and a bumper for around the fireplace. Seth excitedly put up the gate at the top of our stairs that our friends ordered, and at last - our home finally looked like the place I had always envisioned it would by this point in our marriage :-)
So besides the fact that this has been such a fun week, it has all gotten me thinking... Chances are we never would have baby proofed right now if it weren't for our guests, but the sprinkling of it all around the house? Well, they are just the most beautiful reminders to trust in the Lord and His plans for us. I love it so much that I just might not take it all down. Even after they leave. Because I know deep down in my heart that we will need it all someday.
What if we prepared for all of life in that way? I know we say that we trust in Him - or at least I know I say it all the time - but do we really mean it? Do we trust in Him so greatly that we would go as far as drilling holes in the wall for something that has not yet arrived, in anticipation of its coming? Do we trust in Him so deeply that we push away the smallest hint of jealousy? Do we trust in Him so whole-heartedly that we stop our wishing and whining? Do we trust in Him so passionately that we redirect the focus of our hearts to the needs of His kingdom instead of the needs of ourselves?
If I'm being completely honest, I'm not sure that I do, and I am working on it this week. Sure, deep down I trust Him and constantly try to get rid of my jealous thoughts and impatient daydreams, but I'm pretty sure I tend to let it all go a little too far before I remember to halt and surrender. So I know it sounds silly, but I am using my baby proofed condo as my reminder - my reminder to give every anxiety, every fear, and every doubt to the Lord. What is your reminder?
"But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit." Jeremiah 17:7-8