I can hear the vacuum cleaner running in the downstairs hallway, even as I make my preparations to enter the day. My wife is doing her regular Monday cleaning after a fun-filled weekend with the family.
Another Monday has arrived.
Another week has begun.
Another mess is being cleaned up.
Finding Meaning In the Mundane
My wife spends much of her time taking care of messes that other people have made. Among the 6 individuals in our household, I am convinced that she contributes the least to all of the messes in our home. Yet, she does the majority of the clean-up work.
Mondays must feel quite mundane at times for my wife and for many moms. On the other hand, if we look closely enough at the stuff of normal, everyday life, there is so much significance.
Young children don’t clothe themselves, dishes don’t magically arrive clean in the cupboard, spills don’t get wiped up on their own, the laundry baskets don’t empty themselves, and food doesn’t just appear fully-prepared on a plate.
Somebody has to clean up the mess; someone who is a lot like Jesus.
The Heart of God In the Soul of a Mom
When I see my wife hard at work, I see Jesus.
When she is cleaning dishes she didn’t use, washing clothes she didn’t wear, and picking up toys she obviously didn’t play with, I’m reminded of the heart of God. I’m reminded of my Savior. I see Jesus in her.
Here’s the amazing reality of the gospel:
Jesus came into this world to clean up a mess he didn’t make.
Though he had never sinned, (1 Tim. 1:15) Jesus came into this world to save sinners (Hebrews 4:15).
He didn’t come to be served. He came to serve. He came to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).
It was sacrificial love. It was self-giving love.
Jesus’ love is a lot like what I see in my wife, the mom of 4 wonderfully-messy kids and, many times, a selfish husband.
Who takes care of the sick in our household? Mom does.
Who comforts the kids when they get hurt? Mom does.
Who cleans up the messes she doesn’t make? Mom does.
And so does Jesus. The gospel is such good news, and it brings so much meaning into even the most mundane moments of everyday life!
Weary Mom, the next time you feel overwhelmed by the mountain of messes surrounding you, remember Jesus Christ. He’s right there with you, providing meaning in the midst of the mundane. And you don’t have to look very far to see a glimpse of the love of Christ.
Just look in the mirror.
Thank you, Moms, for helping the rest of us see more of Jesus.