The Glory of the Mundane

Have you ever asked yourself why we The Scotts in Honduras do not post things every day? The truth is that a lot of what we do is really pretty mundane and not that exciting.   If we posted every day the posts would read as follows:

Today Isaiah and Lydia worked on their computers the biggest part of the day finishing their school

OR

Last night we got up once with Baby x and twice with Baby g to feed them bottles.  Today we changed Baby x and Baby g’s diapers four times each, two of which were number twos.

OR, the ever exciting…

Today I spent an hour in the bank waiting in line to pay my water, light, and cable bills.

Finally

I AM posting that I spent time writing a blog post today and I had to stop a few times because Baby x, our mobile foster child was no longer at my feet and I know he likes to sneak in the bathroom to try to play in that large ceramic bowl full of water or pull all of the clothes off the shelf in the bedroom onto the floor.

Mundane…

We often feel like we have to have mountaintop experiences or great explosive worship to experience God, so our mundane lives can make us feel like God is distant.  It is true mountaintop experiences are great ways to experience God, but God does not just live on the mountain top.

The Psalmist writes:

Psalm 121: 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—  where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip—    he who watches over you will not slumber…

According to Psalm 121, where do we find the Lord?  God is not on the mountaintop where He would be of no help.  He is at the feet of the believer in the middle of our mundane circumstances guiding our steps.

In the New Testament Jesus does not make His disciples find him.  He seeks them out and invites them to follow him along the way as he interacts with people in their mundane lives: Matthew at his tax collector’s booth; Peter, Andrew, James, and John at their fishing boats; at weddings that were running out of supplies; at funerals filled with mourners; and with the woman at the well as she gathered water at the hottest part of the day.

So in changing diapers, cleaning house, standing in lines to pay bills, helping our kids with school work, AND the occasional mountain top experience, we experience God in many varied ways.

As we have posted on Facebook, we are seeking to join Mission on the Move in helping start and staff a children’s home.  We are starting the mundane task of setting up house on the property.  We will be moving into a strip of small apartments to oversee construction, hire and train staff, and eventually oversee the foster families on site.

Though setting up a house is not all that exciting, it is necessary to do the work God is calling us to do, and we need your help.  We need $7000 to renovate the rooms, put up safety rails to protect the children, and buy furniture.  Will you please pray about how you can help us do what we need to do to bring children out of dangerous situations or to prevent them from going to large group homes?

Please pray about how much you can help.  If you want to help, make your checks out to Scotts in Honduras and put “renovations” on the “for” line.  Then send your donations to Clearwater Church at 2524 Newman Rd, Mobile, AL 36695.  Thank for helping us turn the mundane into Christ experiences.  Thank you for helping us glorify God in all areas of our ministry.  In Christ.

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A Funeral Interupted

Isaiah 40:28 Do you not know?    Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

She was beautiful in her little box.  I know it is a cliché to say that she just looked like a baby sleeping, but that is exactly how she looked.  I had not planned to spend part of my afternoon with the emotional roller coaster of helping with the funeral of a four month old baby girl, but that is exactly what I was asked to do.

Her name is Tania and she was born on May 12, 2015.  You did not read about her birth in the newspaper nor hear about it on Fox News or CNN, but she was born none-the-less.

She lived out her days in a transitional home for abandoned and orphaned children waiting for placement with a foster family.  Our connection with her was that we were asked to consider being her foster parents in August, but her multiple health problems and care needs made us realize we were not capable of giving her the care she really needed.  This past weekend she was examined by a neurologist and it was determined that her brain had not developed and she only had a functioning brain stem.

Today, September 21, 2015 Tania died.  You did not read about her death in the newspaper or hear about it on Fox News nor CNN, but she died none-the-less.

As I had my friend Jorge Garcia read the Isaiah 40 passage above to the staff members of the transitional home who had gathered to mourn and as I spoke a few words of God’s grace over little Tania’s body I was reminded of exactly what we were doing.

Over the bodies of the deceased we say that though we are committing the body to the ground, we are commending their spirit to Almighty God.  We are proclaiming that we are not entombing a lost soul into the ground.  Rather we are releasing eternal souls to the God who created them.  We are expressing our faith that Christ has set them free.

On the first Easter morning, the empty tomb in which Jesus was buried is a sign of the freedom that is in Christ Jesus.  It does not matter if anyone anywhere ever knew Tania was born.  It only matters that God knows.  Without God,  her life and anyone else’s life is meaningless.  Because of Jesus Christ her life is meaningful and beautiful and valuable and more eternal than the stars of the heaven.

What about you?  Where does your faith lie?  Is it at the bottom of a whole filled with dirt, or is it at the entrance of the empty tomb of Christ?

John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  Amen, amen, and amen.