My mind was racing with a million things that I need to do. I started to toss and turn way before my usual wake up time. My to-do-list is overwhelming and to top it off a flood in my basement from last night has added more stress.
My basement was a mess and now really is a mess. I don’t have time for this.
In moments like this I find myself anxious and I start to panic. I get in a hurry to do my work. I don’t see anything else going on around me except my tasks at hand.
How am I going to get everything done with little ones to care for?
I met God on my comfy couch in a wreck this morning. I only had four hours of sleep. I was too restless to stay in bed. As a prayed this scripture came to mind – Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
I sense God telling me. There is no need to be in a hurry to get things done. Slow down. Take time to experience each moment as it comes. Enjoy your kids play with them. Go on adventures.. Read stories and have a marching band.
But God how can I slow down and watch my work add up?
Moms we have lots of responsibilities don’t we? But life is more than tasks and busy schedules. There is so much more.
Life can be carried only in the hands of the unhurried. Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts 74
I sometimes forget how precious life is. Life is breathing in the beauty of God’s gifts. I have so much to be thankful for. Each day that I’m alive there are opportunities for me to experience the wonder of God’s creation.
Children are really good at this. They jump in mud puddles, throw sticks in rivers, climb trees and sing with the birds. They poke holes in peanut butter sandwiches, and jump on couches. Children notice ants in the sidewalk or a fallen branch stuck in ice. They wonder why bananas turn brown and squirrels eat nuts.
Friends lets enter into God’s rest today by following our children’s lead. They will teach us to slow down. They will show us how to embrace life.
They have a sense of wonder and we can too.