Brother Lawrence, member of the barefooted Carmelite monks in Paris in the 1600s prayed: ‘Lord of all pots and pans and things…make me a saint by getting meals and washing up the plates! The time of business does not differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen…I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.’ (Story retold in Dorothy Patterson’s book, A Handbook for Ministers’ Wives)
Even amongst the mundane tasks of washing dishes, changing diapers, cleaning house, we can have sweet communion with God! These times are just as valuable a means of serving our Lord as the greatest mission work. Take heart today oh sisters and fill your soul with the presence of God! Don’t overlook the opportunities you have and moan over your lack of private devotional time. Take advantage of cultivating holy habits – linking every task with a spiritual focus. While cooking rice, pray for the countries that grow this crop. While filling up your tank with gas, pray for the Middle East. Even amongst the noise and clatter, you can find rest for your soul and be strengthened for the tasks ahead in addition to laboring in prayer for the furtherance of the kingdom. You have a valuable task!
“You are not defined by your husband’s work or even your own labor, as important as it may be; your identity and worth are not judged by personal skills or giftedness but by your intimate relationship to Christ. The passion in your heart will manifest itself in your position in the kingdom.” – Dorothy Patterson