Getting an infection was just what the doctor ordered. How weird does that sound? An infection that stopped me in my tracks, changed my plans and made me feel pretty ill actually worked out for good. It made me see certain parts of my life with a fresh pair of eyes, even through my smudged spectacles! Here are some quick points of what’s been on my heart these last few days:
- The world didn’t stop because I stopped working.
- My marriage is beautiful in sickness and in health. Joel has been super brilliant at taking care of me.
- I am called to rest and put my trust in Christ and what He’s done, not on my need to feel like a success in the eyes of the world with everyone’s approval.
- Missing something important doesn’t mean that I miss out – God teaches me in the everyday and every second of my life is important to Him.
- The everyday moments of life are the most beautiful.
God has been speaking to my heart in the stillness of illness. There is a a better way – joy in the everyday.
Although I am still experiencing some pain, tiredness and I am on antibiotics, I have been reminded of the beauty found in the everyday and am starting to intentionally seek and appreciate these joy-filled moments.
I am slowing down, not speeding up. Life might demand more from me, yet every moment will be given to God because His burden is light. He cares for me. If I’m worrying and frantically rushing from one pursuit to the next, I’m missing those precious moments of joy. Rather than panicking about deadlines, meetings and pressures, I plan to pray, give thanks and smile.
As much as I want to be recognised for what I do in all my various roles (I’ve always loved to achieve) and gain the approval of others (I’m a people-pleaser), I was reminded earlier in the week that it’s all about serving. Jesus came to serve not to be served. Although He was due all honour, power, glory and praise, He gave His very life as a ransom for many.
In a culture that screams ‘it’s all about me’, I have to put my metaphorical earplugs in and open my eyes to the needs around me: my husband, my home, my community, my church, my city, my country, my world. There’s a lot of people there to serve. Each person is a life that Jesus died for. That is my purpose – to love God and to love others. There is nothing greater than this.
Husband and home.
With a busy schedule, it’s easy to run out of hours in the day; hours that I could spend with my husband, invest in homemaking and be still before God. All of this can be accomplished in a busy schedule. However, I haven’t managed my time well, I confess. It’s part of being a people-pleaser. It’s hard to say no so I end up saying yes to more stuff than I can manage.
Through resting up these last few days, I have thought more about my priorities and the biggest are my husband and my home with God above both. Everything else comes after that. This hasn’t been the case recently as hard as that is to admit. It’s not that there are not other important people or tasks in my life, but they have to come after my hubby and home. God has blessed me beyond measure with Joel and I am so thankful we can do life together.
Best until last – God Above All Else.
The most important thing that’s really captured my attention this week is to desire to be with God. Not just to desire Him, but to place Him above everything else – even those things that point towards Him. My love for God has been growing each day as a Christian, but as I long to grow closer to Him, I want to read books about Him, listen to sermons about Him, go to events about Him, do more things that will impact others to know Him… but I then so often forget Him in it. None of those things that help me along my journey of faith are bad, but I don’t want to be so busy doing all of those things rather than just being with God, sitting in His presence and waiting on Him alone. God is so loving that He just wants me and He gives all of Himself freely to me – and to you too!
Whatever you’re facing at the moment, look for joy in the everyday – you might be surprised what brings a smile to you. 🙂 Also, if you’re up for it, try the Joy Dare over at Ann Voskamp’s place and check out my blog post as I started searching for my own 1000 gifts.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3