I may be dating myself, but perhaps you remember when Saturday morning cartoons would be interrupted with the most annoying sound in the world. Then you you would hear, “We interrupt this program for an important message from your emergency broadcasting system.” Right in the middle of the show. The sound was annoying enough. What was even more annoying was that 99.9% of the time it wasn’t an important message at all. It was a test or something that mattered very little to my life–at least to the best of my knowledge.
In modern times, they have done away with that message on TV. (Thank goodness!) Now it is my schedule that gets interrupted. My health or my family’s, changes of someone else’s plans, even unexpected blessings can change things in a heartbeat. My first reaction is usually annoyance, just as it was when I was trying to watch TV. I’m so attached to that planner that it is almost an appendage. How dare something intervene! It’s that attitude that is the very reason God has to step in.
I am hearing more and more lately from people who are burnt out–just too busy and tired from their day to day responsibilities–responsibilities that we often place on ourselves. Lately, I have been one of those people. It’s very against my nature to be looking for a break. I am most definitely a do-er. I LOVE to have a full calendar. Adding events makes me feel (falsely) significant–like we are doing important things that matter. It means we have opportunities. It also means we have less time for some things that might be really important. But for the first time in my life, I have finally breathed a sigh of relief when a few things got canceled here or there. Even as I type this, I am sick enough that I had to cancel a field trip we had scheduled for today–one that we really wanted to go on. I often view times like this as God forcing me to take a minute to breathe and step back. Surprisingly enough, even being under the weather, it’s been a great day. A little R&R was exactly what I needed. That and all the extra hugs, kisses, and cuddles I have gotten today (probably because I wasn’t hurrying them out the door). I am so glad I was forced to take this little break!
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 NIV
God does have a perfect plan for us. But sometimes we are so busy acting like the rest of the world that we miss it. The rest of the world is letting life rush by in a whirlwind and so are we. If God calls us to be “in the world, but not of the world,” why would He want our schedules to look like everyone else’s?
So, I have a new goal for the rest of our school year (and possibly my life)–to not plan so much. I want to have more time to sit and enjoy teaching my kids fun stuff or just playing games. I want to not be so exhausted when my husband comes home at night. I want to leave enough breathing room to listen to God and his gentle nudging, actually following through on his promptings.
How do you leave room for God? What tips do you have for deciding whether an activity is important enough to go on your calendar?
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