Monday morning a week ago, I woke not wanting the day to begin - I had left a messy kitchen the night before and a busy weekend had caught up with our house.
I was behind before I ever started.
Obviously, I did get up and begin the day. I picked a pretty skirt to wear and was dreaming of tying on an apron. I was giving myself a pep talk about not giving up on the day before it started.
Sitting in my Peace chair for some much needed soul nourishment, I read the Jesus Calling entry for May 23:
"...Search for deep treasure as you go through this day..."
Ok, I thought. I can look for treasure today and redeem this day! Then, I opened to Proverbs and my eye immediately saw Proverbs 24:3-4 and there were those words again:
"... rare and beautiful treasures..."
Yes, Lord - I heard the message. Search for treasures today. I thought of how I hoped to snag photos during the day and what a great joy it would be to seek for these treasures and share them here.
Then, I looked outside and noticed our children had been removing pieces to the porch swing to (in their words) create windows. Sigh - destruction, not treasure.
Next I picked up Walking the Walk and read part of the day's entry which motivated me to get up and exercise. Things were moving along well until the DVD was skipping and not working. After inspection, I noticed it has been scratched in a few places. Seriously? I just got it with some birthday money - and this was only my third time using it as it has not even been here a full week yet. More destruction, not treasure.
My feelings included hurt, frustrated, upset and sad. God led me to make it a work day - the girls did chores all day. And it was a good day. At the end of the day the house looked great, we had worked together and I realized I spent the day doing what I was supposed to be doing, "keeping an eye on everyone in my household and keeping them busy and productive." (Prov. 31:27)
And, as I thought back - I realized I had seen treasures throughout the day:
* realizing I was doing the right thing
* Rachel's attitude: going the extra mile in her work
* baby birds chirping in our back yard
* a tidy, relaxing home
* working together
* object lesson for our study in industriousness
A home is built by wisdom and established through understanding, it is adorned with the treasure of knowledge. (Prov. 24:3-4)
And, I am reminded of Mary who gathered up the sweet moments as she treasured and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)
It wasn't the treasure I was looking for - but I was still seeking and God helped me to find His perfect treasures from my day.
Picture: See the little treasure we found in our banana bread? The girls saw a heart shape nut!