Nothing is more mundane than the everyday life of a new mommy. A 5-minute shower feels like luxury and you never imagined caring so deeply about the color and consistency of poop. Every moment is exhausting, yet you aren’t sure what you’ve actually accomplished today. Sigh. Welcome to our gross but glorious, exasperating but exhilarating, life. Being a little’s mommy is an all-consuming, mammoth-size responsibility, but in its enormity, we can’t allow it to consume our purpose and the primary place of God in our lives. He commands to be first. So how can we find Jesus in the mundane?
We find Him by intentionally pursuing Him.
Jeremiah 29:12-13 says, “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek me with all your heart.” The key is to seek Him with all our hearts. We must purposefully infuse Him into the mundaneness of our daily lives because He is what we treasure. In Glimpses of Grace, by Gloria Furman, she artfully states, “If God doesn’t rule your mundane, then He doesn’t rule you. Because that’s where you live.”
I have a little person who needs me 24 hours a day. I can’t create more time for God, but I can use the time I have differently. Here are three tangible ways I have found to seek Him, find Him, and dwell with Him in the land of the mundane without getting up from my glider.
When my little feeds, I feed.
Feed on | prayer: “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you.”
I no longer have the excuse that I don’t have time to pray. Feeding my little has afforded me time. As I rock I’ve learned to pour my heart out before God. At first, it felt awkward because I was unsure of what to pray for, so I started with the obvious, this little in my arms. I prayed that her hands would grow to serve Jesus, that her heart would be open to receive Him, and that she would be “like a tree planted by the waters edge who bears fruit in its season and whose leaf never withers.” (Psalm 1: 3) Quickly, my prayer life has turned into bouts of intercession lifting up those who are suffering and/or in a dark, deep depression. I’m calling upon Him and He is hearing me. Nothing is off limits. This glider has become my avenue to His threshing floor where I empty myself. I bring my marriage, relationships, people in need of salvation, restoration, sin, and praise. I’ve started sending texts to those I’m praying for and He has begun to reveal my significance of becoming a “burden bearer”. Over time He’s teaching me the attribute of long-suffering for others.
Feed on | His word: “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law, he meditates day and night…” Psalm 1:2
Psalm 1 was the first chapter I memorized from my glider. I wrote it out and taped it to the side of the crib where my glider is positioned and as my little fed, I meditated and memorized. My strategy for memorization flowed from a desire to unpack the truth found in this Psalm. I went slowly, and deliberately, and spoke it over my little as I went. I started to wade out into living water from which I would come again and again to drink. His word was growing my delight and satisfaction in Him. The Holy Spirit was unleashing an appetite for “hiding His word in my heart” and from it has come an arsenal with which to fight. His word is continually before me, available for encouragement and strength. His word is truly my lamp. If you want to dig deeper into how, why, and the power of committing His word to memory listen to this podcast by John Piper called, “If My Words Abide in You:” https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/if-my-words-abide-in-you--2
Feed on | worship: “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalm 34:1-3
Worship is my go-to secret weapon. How I choose to worship (through song, recalling out loud the names of God, speaking His attributes, taking time to magnify Him) isn’t the focus; the purpose, however, of my worship is paramount. It is in a state of worship that I can come as I am, raw, vulnerable, sinful, overwhelmed, deficient, joyful, content…and I can celebrate Jesus for who He is. My state of being is ever changing yet He is constant. I can’t tell you how many times tears have rolled down my cheeks and onto my little as I barely mouthed the words, “prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart Lord, take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.” Worship is the place I go to when I want to change where I am. Worship will refresh, renew, remind, and reestablish your heart towards God. How simple it is to lavish our Savior with our worship and how beautiful a testimony we become to our littles as they listen.
Jesus can be found, even in the mundane but we must choose to find Him. If we just pursued Him in our gliders, we would experience a radical transformation of power and purpose in our lives. Let’s do the math: My little feeds for 30 minutes eight times within a 24-hour period which means that I intentionally spend 4 hours a day in prayer, memorizing/meditating on scripture, and in worship! What a gift we have been given in this season of the mundane.