It’s -6 degrees outside this morning. Don’t get me started on the windchill. I’m in my robe, I’ve got my hands wrapped around my coffee mug, and the schools are closed. At least it’s sunny. I have no plans for my 28th. Gonna stay home, do no cleaning (okay, maybe I will finally clean the kitchen floor), play hard with the kids. Mom & Dad are coming over for a birthday lunch, and Michael’s bringing a birthday picnic (with cherry pie!) home tonight to have on the family room floor. Staying in tonight feels right.
This post from Amy’s blog sums up how I’ve been feeling lately….a few days of everyone in various stages of virus + lack of sleep = me feeling a little futile. Here’s a portion:
“No one can say who built the great cathedrals – we have no record of their names. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.
A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, ‘Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.’ And the workman replied, ‘Because God sees.’
I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, ‘I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you’ve done, no sequin you’ve sewn on, no cupcake you’ve baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can’t see right now what it will become….I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on.”
“Because God sees.” Amen.