Usually all the responsibility for housework falls on my shoulders. Any time I am at home doing anything other than house-related chores, I am always painfully aware that I need to be straightening and cleaning up. My attention is always split between what I'm doing with the kids and what I "should" be doing in the house. And the housework is never all done at the same time.
BUT yesterday we hired some help to come clean the whole house. And I sat down and read books to my kids. My house was being cleaned and I was--in those moments-- truly freed from the burden. And that, friends, was an amazing thing to me. I was able to really enjoy myself and yet there was still work being done on my behalf; my attention to the children did not have to be divided. I was able to rest and really BE with my kids, vs. hearing that nagging voice in my head pulling me toward chores even as I read aloud the words, "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle likes children." What a blessing; I felt like a queen.
One of several applications:
I long for the day when my recognition and awareness of God will not be divided either. I will intentionally glorify God in all that I do and say, whether I'm reading or scrubbing floors or grocery shopping or playing at the park or working out. God will be a conscious presence in my everyday life. Because He is here, whether I realize He's present or not. But I would like to do a better job of relating with Him momently. The truth is I may not be a queen, but I am His bride. All day, every day. Wow!