Linda Wood Rondeau

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GRANDMA PRAYED WHILE IRONING
11/8/2016 12:05:00 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

EXCERPT

I PRAYED FOR PATIENCE GOD GAVE ME CHILDREN

 

 

Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything:

what counts is a new creation

(Galatians 6:15)

 

“Did you have the oven on for a reason?” my husband asks.

I shrug my shoulders, stand the iron on its end, and shuffle to the kitchen to take the burnt cake out of the oven.

My husband is able to read the paper, watch television, work on the computer and carry on a conversation all at the same time. If I tried to do that, I’d start typing the script for Bones into my devotional manuscript and preach to the cat while I fill up his dish.

My fragmented mind simply cannot assimilate

multiple, simultaneous stimuli.

In true contradiction to my natural vents, my mantra is, “Life is too short to wait for toast.” Consequently, while the bread is in the toaster, I run water for the dishes. The running water reminds me I need to wash the bathroom floor. I run upstairs to do a quick mop while the dishpan fills. But while I’m washing the floor, I see the mirror is covered with fingerprints. I run to get the glass cleaner stored in the upstairs closet that also contains my filled laundry basket. I grab a load of towels and return downstairs to a flood and burnt toast.

Whether we want to admit it or not, our spiritual lives are equally frazzled. We try to squeeze in a devotional while burping the baby. If we plan it just right, we might be able to get to woman’s group tonight if Grandma will take Jimmy to his soccer practice. When we finally get to bed, we fall asleep saying exhausted prayers.  

But, if we really think about it, are our lives any less complicated than our foremothers?

Sally, who probably earned every one of her thick, gray curls, confided that she did her best praying while kneading her famous cinnamon rolls. “Maybe that’s why everyone raved over them so.”

Lydia was a dealer in cloth. When she heard Paul preach, she gave her heart to Jesus, becoming the first convert in Macedonia. But, instead of selling her business to sit in the synagogue day and night, God used her talents to help spread the gospel. As she traded her purple skeins, she shared what God had done in her life.

It is not the doing that matters most to God, but rather the being within the doing.

If the only time we can find to sing choruses is in the shower, that’s okay. If we pray while waiting in the grocery store check-out line, that’s okay, too. A heart that is tuned in to God wherever life takes her finds a God ready to listen.

 

 

 

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