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I just updated my facebook status to say this:
Have you ever looked at all you have to do and think that maybe if you're going to drown you might as well do it someplace like the Bahamas?
Can you tell I'm a little stressed? Last Monday, I wrote about being aware of how much energy is left in the tank and when it starts to run low, I must take time to recharge. That was last week when the amount of work that I needed to do hadn't fully registered. As I napped and read on the couch on Palm Sunday, I was blissfully unaware of the storm a-brewing. Guess what? It made landfall last night as I laid in bed and started ticking off all the commitments that I had this week, all the VBS prepping that I needed to do (and at that point, I didn't know the half of it), the curriculum that needed developing, the running that probably wouldn't get scheduled in, and the articles and blog posts that needed writing. I didn't sleep too well, needless to say.
Here is the challenge that I face: When it looks like there is no downtime, how do I choose to make good choices about capacity, energy, busyness, and commitments? Do I forgo that rare lunch with my husband because there are a lot of VBS prep projects to be put together? Do I give up yoga for this week so that when my daughter is in preschool, I can devote that entire time to work? Do I sacrifice my daily Bible reading to do some planning for Children's Church? Do I cease writing in this space because it's not part of my paying job?
If my life was only going to be crazy for a week, then maybe I could do this. But, let me be real here -- I don't see things slowing down until late June because of work, birthday parties, and other commitments. So, if I start forgoing rest and recovery now, what will I look like, sound like, feel like at the end of two months?
I've been there. You don't want to know. Or perhaps you've been there, too, and you know. And, I realize, as I tap out these words that it's time to enter in one of those seasons where I offer up my calendar and my to-do lists, my priorities and my wants and my needs, on an hourly basis. I scoop everything off my shoulders and I lay it down. I sound the call for help and allow Him to organize my days. When I fall short, I ask Him to help pick up the slack. When I am overwhelmed and know in the core of my being that I must take a break, I ask Him to help me receive the grace to do it. Maybe I even have the guts to tell others that I need help or that I can't do something I promised to do?
So here it is: It's easy to rest when I feel like there is time. It's much harder to rest when I am overwhelmed by the amount still to do. But, perhaps that's when it becomes most crucial. And perhaps, it is how God teaches me, yet again, how to relinquish control and let Him be in charge.
Now, go have some fun blog hopping! Can't wait to see what's happening in your space! The link is up until Wednesday, April 27th at 9PM.