I'm going to come right out and say it, we have a cleaning lady...and she is amazing. I love our cleaning lady for many reasons but mostly because of who she is.
From the day I met her she has displayed a servants heart and her work ethic is unmatched. She comes to our house every two weeks and I admit there have been a few times that I've forgotten to "clean for the cleaning lady." We are that house. Our house is an organized mess and I know where things are at but if a stranger walked in they would probably think it is chaos.
The first time I forgot to clean for the cleaning lady I felt so self conscious and totally stressed about it. That was in August. Ever since then I've realized that there is no reason for me to stress out. I honestly feel that Krista is one of the most caring and understanding people I know. She accepts us for our mess and willingly cleans up after us. Yes, we pay her, but it's more than that. Nothing is beneath her and on more than one occasion she has said, "don't worry about me...spend your time with your family... enjoy these moments...I remember what it's like to be a new mom and have a baby, etc.".
This past Friday I forgot she was coming, our house was a disaster and my "list" was basically a cry for help to reclaim our house. She is the person that has really seen our house at its worst and then works wonders! Friday night when I got home, I came home to swept and mopped floors and a clean and bare floor laundry room. As a result I was able to relax and enjoy the weekend with my two favorite guys.
It dawned on me Saturday morning that I stress about meeting with God just like I stress about cleaning for the cleaning lady. Then I realized that just like Krista comes and takes amazing care of us and gets things sorted and organized, God is capable of doing that and so much more!
I don't need my life to seem in order and I don't need to clean up my act before coming to Go to ask for help and then seeing Him work wonders in my life.
Just like having Krista in my family's life and allowing her to witness our mess leads to more enjoyment and valuable family time, the same goes for keeping God a priority in my life. I will also note that unlike getting my house cleaned, I should approach him more than every two weeks.
Imagine if you were to lay your mess at the foot of the cross simply because you didn't have a choice. Just like when I forget to clean before Krista comes and she sees my life as it is and accepts it in stride, (after all, if we weren't messy she wouldn't have a job ;)), God sees my life "as is" every day and He welcomes me and hopes to have time with me and to take care of me.
I decided this weekend that I want to be more like my cleaning lady and learn to more readily accept mess, without judgment, guilt or condemnation! I also want to realize that it's ok to not clean up my act before I approach God. He came to seek and save the lost. He loves our brokenness, He sees us just as we are, mess and all...and still loves us.