, ,

By 12:30 yesterday afternoon, I had driven Little Guy to school, driven to the church, delivered food, packed/unpacked the car, taught my card class, did the announcements, etc. for the opening session of Morning Break, helped clean up the kitchen, took tables down, had a brief meeting, packed/unpacked the car again…got some groceries (because I haven’t had an opportunity to do that yet this week because my car was in the garage on Tuesday and Monday was a holiday and I spent the day in my car!) and went home for food…I’m not bragging and I’m not complaining. I did what had to be done, but I was tired and overwhelmed…and I was seriously thinking about Henry (O Henry!). I started longing for the peace I had felt walking in the woods only a few days ago. No pressures, no deadlines, no expectations – no thoughts at all… (and no comments from the peanut gallery-thanks)!

This morning, after Workout #3 (minus our instructor so there’s a good chance it won’t take 3 days to recover and I’ll be able to drive my car pain-free), my Bible study group will be reviewing the first lesson in a book called “A Woman of Simplicity” (Cynthia Heard). I completed it in the car while waiting to pick up from Little Guy school…I could use a simpler life…

Simplicity – the very word creates idyllic, restful pictures filled with solitude, harmony, and peace. Schedules, commitments, deadlines, engagements can all dictate our lives, often leaving us with little time for the things or the people that we most value. We all have “seasons” when we are busy and we expect next month to be better, but usually the unexpected barges in, and it never gets better. It can be hard to leave empty space in our schedules; often the opportunities are worthwhile or we feel guilty saying “no”.

When we are at peace inside, it is easier to face, and maybe even thrive, in a crazy world. It goes beyond just trusting God with the big things; it involves choosing to trust God with the every day things. It involves choosing to live a God-paced life, waiting on the Lord for His leading, and taking time to be still.

When Little Guy was younger, I persevered in etching out time every day to read my Bible and to pray. Sometimes it was a huge challenge to find even a few minutes to be quiet between Little Guy’s poopy diapers and the crying (sometimes my crying over Little Guy’s poopy diapers), but I recognized the need to do so. Those few minutes gave me a deep rest in my spirit that strengthened me the rest of the day. It was in those earlier years that I finally learned that developing an intimate relationship with God actually created a simpler life. I started to align my life with His desire for me and I asked Him to really take the lead. He has prompted me to reorganize my priorities – to prune and eliminate those things that lead me away from Him, while equipping me for amazing opportunities in my life, including my mid-life crisis!!

“The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees.” –Brother Lawrence