Originally published Wednesday, 20 April 2016.
Wake up. Take the dog outside to do his business. Change little man’s diaper and get him dressed. Eat our breakfast. Take supplements. Brush teeth, possibly first some oil pulling (yeah, I’m kind of a crunch mama). Play Baby Einstein for the ten millionth time because little man loves to dance and sing to it every morning. Start a load of laundry. Build a house with blocks. Lay little man down for a nap. Sit down to journal about my exciting life and try to talk to God.
I got nothing.
I’m sure many of you can relate to the mind-numbing effects of mundane daily routines. Although I am thoroughly grateful to have the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom, I have to admit that some days are just utter snooze-fests.
Oddly enough, this can actually be mentally exhausting if you are like me- go-getter, goal-oriented, and accomplishment-driven.
Several months ago, the Lord told me that I would be in a “season of rest,” so I knew that things would become somewhat still. I guess I just didn’t realize how still that would be.
For someone who used to only have probably one, maybe two evenings free a week, time just seems to draaaaaagggggg onnnnnn.
Like everything we go through in life, there is always a lesson to be learned. For me, I believe the Lord is teaching me how to trust that He is working in my life even when everything seems to be at a complete halt on my end. I’m learning the art of “being still,” even though it is TOTALLY against my nature. I believe the great Potter is molding and shaping me to be a person of stillness and rest.
He knows I’m bored to tears, but in the boredom, He’s changing me, and I don’t have to do anything besides believe and yield myself to His hands. In this time of stillness, I believe God is preparing me to cultivate a heart of peace and rest because we all know that life can pick up speed at any given moment.
It’s a rare lifestyle for anyone these days- to be still, to rest. So instead of complaining, I must choose to be thankful for the opportunity to be bored instead of stressed out because “I’m SO busy.”
I don’t know if any of you are in a similar situation, so if you are, join me in being grateful for boredom. Let us trust that even in the stillness, God is still working behind the scenes and preparing us for the next season that is ahead for us that may demand more of our attention, time, and energy.
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