Kristin Funston has done it again… I love hearing her thoughts and she has shared those with us this afternoon. In light of the recent “snow/ice day” here in Memphis, i found this post absolutely challenging & perfect & exactly what i needed to hear.
Here it is….
Monday morning, the city of Memphis woke up to Icemageddon. I’ve been dreading the impending weather, afraid of multiple days of school closings. My eldest was already out of school due to President’s Day, and I had a large list of things I wanted to get done before the middle of the week. I knew it was going to be a task trying to get everything done with both kiddos running around.
As soon as everyone was up at at ’em, I started in on my list, dodging 21 month old arms reaching for me and 5 year old requests to paint pictures together:
Mid-list, my phone buzzed with a text from a friend with an well-timed word of advice from her “Jesus Calling” devotional …
“Thank Me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again. Some of the greatest works in My kingdom have been done from sick beds and prison cells. Instead of resenting the limitations of a weakened body, search for My way in the midst of these very circumstances. Limitations can be liberating when your strongest desire is living close to Me.
Quietness and trust enhance your awareness of My Presence with you. Do not despise these simple ways of serving Me. Although you feel cut off from the activity of the world, your quiet trust makes a powerful statement in spiritual realms. My Strength and Power show themselves most effective in weakness.
Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because He has roused Himself from His holy dwelling.” ~Zechariah 2:13″
What an inviting opportunity to be still.
So I did.
I turned off the vacuum and abandoned the other, unlisted items that were to follow up the vacuuming.
I left the dirty dishes in the sink.
I left all the toys laying out in the living room.
I left beds unmade.
I left my email alone.
I left my (unfinished) book proposal untouched.
Instead, I went with my girls and…
We sat on the floor and built with blocks.
We snuggled on the couch and read a book.
We danced to music.
We napped in the rocking chair.
We fixed a yummy lunch for each other.
We had a great day together. We laughed, sang, and I even heard a few top secret Kindergarten classroom secrets. (Shh! They deal with who is allowed to get their ears’ pierced or not! Deep stuff!)
This is the part where I tell you that we need to build in reminders to BE STILL and enjoy our blessings. We live our lives by our To-Do lists and can become so distracted by what is checked off that we miss those little arms reaching and little eyes watching.
This is the part where I tell you we have to be intentional about creating time and space for what matters most – that the dishes and laundry and social media can wait.
But instead, I’m going to show you the next text message I received…
Another snow day.
And a tiny, microscopic, little piece of my insides died.
You see, as much fun as I had hanging out with my precious children, that list above? It was still there. And it was going to be there until, guess what? I got it done.
The reality is, we have to get those To-Do lists done. I don’t know about you – but in this current season of life, I live in the real world – a world that’s messy, loud, and unpredictable. It’s a world of peanut butter smeared window panes, crusty, dried sippy cups, and dog hair covered paci’s. A world of carlines, piano lessons, and closets filled with
useless artwork. A world with 102 degree fevers, amoxicilon, and snotty faces.
As much as I wish I did, I don’t live in a world where church-speak and whimsical, Pin-worthy quotes accurately portray my day to day. And I definitely don’t live in a world where that To-Do list will magically disappear while I sip on coffee, and laugh and hug my children and husband while butterflies and unicorns bound.
That coffee? It has a thick layer of grinds floating in it.
Those children? They are demanding chocolate candy for breakfast and spilling sticky OJ all over the counter.
Those butterflies and unicorns? Well, the butterflies got caught in my windshield wiper on the way to carline and the unicorns dropped smelly, mythical turds in my front lawn.
Maybe I’m alone in this, but in order for me to make it through these messy, loud, and unpredictable days? I need some sanity somewhere. And I think it’s OKAY to need (want?) a break in order to restore order in your life.
For me, I am a MUCH happier person when beds are made and laundry is done. My attitude is more loving when the groceries have been bought and I am caught up on emails and work projects. I am relaxed and can truly enjoy my time with family when the dishes aren’t glaring at me from the sink.
In fact, God calls us to work and handle daily tasks. Heck, He had Adam were working in the Garden before Eve ever arrived! (Genesis 2:15) Living life is equivalent to walking a tight rope. It’s all about balance. Working hard every day gives us justification, in His eyes, to rest. Even God worked 6 days, and then rested and enjoyed Himself on the 7th day.
I think I can handle this balance though. But it’s going to take work. It’s something I’m making an intentional effort in doing daily – to sometimes stop with the To-Do list and focus on what matters most, but know when that list needs to be finished so I can.
But if I’m going to be balancing out, I’m really, really going to need Mother Nature to balance out the number of school days off in a row… 😉
Thanks Kristin! & you can check out more of her stuff here: