This has been one crazy summer. It’s been difficult to not get overwhelmed in the constant rush and spin of things. I’ve certainly failed and let the busy-ness translate into stress and paralyze me… on more than one occasion. I know there is a certain breed of person out there that thrives on being busy and always on the go, but I am not one of those people. Nope. Not even a little. I crave rest, spontaneous coffee dates, wide-open schedules, simple moments, long, meaningful conversations with close friends, bonfires and dinner parties where no one is checking their phone for the time. For some, “busy” is an addiction. For me, it has become unavoidable in this season of my life, and it has been too easy to complain, or for it to be my go-to excuse for my tiredness and mood.
Recently, we were able to go on a wonderful vacation with my family, and as all vacation weeks do, it flew by and I found myself anxious at the end of the week, stressing out about going back to my “busy” schedule. But over the past few months, God has been speaking to me and telling me to focus on the root of my “busy”. Do I feel overwhelmed because I’m rushing here and there, doing more than what is actually on my plate, fueling a desire to be needed and noticed? Am I “busy” making things harder than they need to be, holding on to things not meant for me in order to ‘one-up’ everyone around me and trying to keep up with where others are in life? Is the root of my busy just a futile attempt to be ENOUGH?
OR am I busy because my life is FULL of blessings? Am I busy because I am not lonely, because of an incredible community God has given to me, with a calendar full of meetings and events? Am I busy because I have family and friends that I love to spend time with, even if it requires a day of driving to get to do that?
Maybe I’m busy because I’ve been called to and gifted with a season of fullness. Maybe I’m not busy, I’m full. I would encourage you today to evaluate your “busy-ness”, and see where you could swap that word out for “fullness” in your daily life.
Don’t get me wrong, we all need rest, but some of us may be in a season of life that really doesn’t have much rest available on the horizon. Maybe you’re a momma surrounded by littles and it’s going to be a while before you have a full night of sleep. Maybe you’re longing for a vacation or a job change, but the money just isn’t there right now, and God is saying “wait”. No matter what the circumstances, we have to be intentional so that we don’t become bitter about our busy, and instead thankful for the fullness God has given us in this abundant season of life.
Here’s to taking more opportunities for embracing moments of rest wherever we can find them… stop and smell the peonies at Trader Joes, belt out that worship song in your car on the way to your next meeting, cuddle your babies (or fur babies) on the couch a little longer, check the time on our phones a little less, enjoy the little moments in between the fullness, embrace the FULL days with a heart of gratitude, and complain less about the busy.
“I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.” Eccle. 3:10-13