A couple days ago (yikes, has it been that long since I've been blogging!?), I had to make a run to the store and my lovely neighbor Miji watched my gang. I haven't had much energy lately, and my house was a wreck. A wreck. I was so embarrassed, but the need for milk won and I called her. Have I mentioned Miji before? Well, let me introduce my darling baby-sitter. I prayed for Miji. Out of desperation, I asked God to send me someone I could trust to watch my kids when I had doctor's appointments, or wal-mart appointments, or whatever appointments and God sent me Miji. Yep. Right to my door step. After all, she does live next door! I will never forget the evening she told me that she would love to babysit for me. (I'm sure she's wanted to take that back at least once or twice!) I needed to hear that from someone because I am always afraid of asking people to do something they don't really want to do, but they cave anyway.
Miji has been a Godsend. And that day was no exception. When I came home from the store, I opened my door to find all of my neighbors cleaning my house!! Miji had asked her mom and her aunt to come over and help her clean up for me.
I can't even begin to describe what that felt like. No more waist high toys, or Mount Everest of laundry. No more scattered cups in the cabinet inflicting injury on unsuspecting heads. The relief and gratitude I felt was amazing. I literally cried after everyone had left and I opened the door to my bedroom where the kids had recently built a fort (i.e. destroyed the room) and it was clean. I could see the floor! The burden that rolled off my shoulders in that instant was tangible.
I was so incredibly blessed. Humbled, I remembered the scripture where Jesus tells us what the most important commandments are.
"One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12: 28-31The Bible is not a book to be merely read. It was intended to be lived out. These scriptures are a testimony to that fact. Loving God will look like loving people. A love in action.
I am humbled. What kind of a neighbor am I? How often do I see a need and meet it? When do I go out of my way to do something kind for someone else?
I pray that I can be a doer of the Word and not merely a hearer. I pray that I will love my God more and in so doing, love others.
Help me see the simple ways that I can love you and love people. Open my eyes and open my heart.