My schedule is undergoing a radical transformation as I learn the choreography of a different life. For twenty-one years, I have read stacks of books, supervised science experiments in my kitchen, and attempted to explain why math rules hardly ever change while spelling rules hardly ever stay the same. Homeschooling extended my stay-at-home mum role through four overlapping childhoods, with the movements and routines set to the music of a busy life which held us all together.
One by one, my sons have spun off into good lives of their own, so while my center is unchanged, my circumference seems to have wildly expanded. In these days of change, when I open my Bible and find words about a held-together life, I stop and read again:
And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. “Colossians 1:17
Of course, I realize that the Creator of all things is also the Sustainer. He is the force that prevents atoms from flying apart and our solar system from spinning into chaos. What I take for granted in my physical surroundings, I am learning to embrace and to rely upon for this season of altered schedules and shifting priorities.
Reading on, I find that Jesus is not only holding together the universe and my heart. He’s in the business of reconciliation, drawing together “all things, whether on earth or in heaven” and making the way clear for all of us evil-doers to be reconciled to God. He flings his arms wide in welcome to the alienated, to the hostile, and even to the opinionated former-homeschooling-mums.
In a season of masks and social distancing, a Gathering God invites me to make of every random encounter an opportunity to draw others toward the Center, toward Christ, the focal point of the universe.Tweet
How will you respond to the call of our Gathering God? Spend a moment with me right now, looking in earnest around our lives for opportunities to cooperate with him:
With room in my week for a part-time job, I’m subbing in the public schools where an overt gospel witness may be uncalled for, but modeling compassion and striving for excellence are highly desirable– and all God’s idea, not mine.
While I’m learning to scale back on food prep, I will ladle leftover chili into freezer boxes for sharing later. I’ll make use of the empty seats at my table, filling them with people who need an evening of being seen and heard.
Staying close to Truth draws both heart and mind toward Christ, the Center, and best of all, it’s a reminder that we have everything we need to live in cooperation with our Gathering God: the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
May we live in this fullness all our days,
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