The day started like every other school day. Alarm went off waaaay too early (I couldn’t stop reading a new book deep into the night). Mr. Bell headed to the kitchen to make breakfast. I hit the snooze button too many times. Finally we all rolled out of bed and into the day.
After a few trips to the laundry room, the school children had one shirt, one skirt, two socks and two shoes on their bodies. Success! The clock was ticking. The coffee was hot. Breakfast was served and then we heard the frightful words, “My stomach really hurts.” This was supported by another voice that said, “Mine does too.” Everybody freeze!
I will spare you the details that followed. In one moment the day stopped and changed directions. At times we were running in different directions. The Bell Tent turned into the Bell Infirmary. If you drove down our street, you could probably see the red cross on the front door. As our school children were put in quarantine, the parents transformed into RN’s. Appointments were canceled, school was notified and the school children were tucked back in bed.
Sometimes in life, our normal disappears suddenly. We don’t see the change coming. We don’t even anticipate it. But it shows up anyways. When this happens, plans go out the window, adjustments are made and frustration decreases as reality increases. Reality can be a difficult pill to swallow. There is no way around reality. It is what it is.
But then something happens. We begin to feel a sense of freedom. The routine disappears. We become more aware of our surroundings. Time becomes a companion instead of an enemy. Windows of opportunity appear. Suddenly we get to BE with those we love in a new way. We get to SERVE those we love because we are available. We get to LOVE those we live with because they need us. And in the midst of illness, we experience life.
Jesus’ mission is to make our normal disappear. Whether we are young or old when he comes into our life, we don’t see the change coming. We don’t anticipate it. But it shows up anyways. Suddenly our lives are filled with opportunities to BE with Jesus and learn his ways through the Bible and conversations with others. We find ways to SERVE others that we had never even noticed before. And we learn what it is like to truly LOVE.
Our day started like every other school day, but it ended with a big lesson. Sometimes we are called to be Jesus for others because Jesus is there for us. Sometimes we are called to be Jesus for those who live in our own tent.
Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
How did Jesus change your normal life into something new? Who are you called to serve and love this week?
From our Tent to Yours,