My house is a mess right now. Two nights of overnight guests = dishes and bedding strewn about. Babysitting extra kids two days in row = extra toys and dishes. Food thawing on the counter for supper tonight, men's breakfast at church tomorrow, birthday cake being made for Sunday.
Our life is full - so many people intersect our path. Some for just a few days - like our spring break trip houseguests. Some, like my dear nephews, come again and again. My home has become my little center for ministry - supper for friends one day, an offer to babysit the next, a meal prepared and delivered to the hurting, a phone call or email, a word to a neighbor over the fence, and the ever present ministry of child-rearing.
And moments like this one: the in-between of clean-up and preparation. Me in the quiet while children sleep, listening to a God's Word preached via podcast and relishing the work I've been given.