In an effort to be authentic, I am struggling with how to put words together to describe our gathering this morning. We woke up to cloudy skys and steady drizzle and thankfully, Derrick and his wife had already graciously agreed to host our group. Derrick had fresh coffee ready when we arrived and we all gathered to hear the Joyners share their life story. We had a time of prayer for the Joyners and then we shared communion. We also had a new couple join our team and commit to reach their community. Sounds, great, huh?
It was…except for all of the background noise of the children! And most of the noise came from my 6!! As you can see from this picture, Isaac is giving himself a shot in his bottom, Audrey has a look of “what in the world is going on?”, Greenley is pausing to say “cheese”, and the floor is a mess! The adults were gathered only about 6 feet away and while we were encouraging the Joyners, we were constantly getting up and giving direction to our rowdy children. Controlled chaos is the best way to describe it.
As a mom, this side of church planting is the most difficult. My heart desires to sit and listen as others share, but I am constantly drawn to settle my loud kids so that others can experience a meaningful time of worship. Our desire is to include the children, but figuring out all the details is tough.
This morning was a reminder that relationship building is tough and when you include children it is not only tough, but messy. My flesh really wanted to check my kids into the Treetop, slap a name tag on their back, and wave from the doorway as I dropped them off for an hour. We have been experiencing a lot of “family togetherness” these past few months and today, I just wanted a break from all the family love.
I can see the Lord at work all around us, but I really wish He had sent us Mary Poppins this morning. There was plenty of wind to blow her in…