And above all this bustle you’ll hear….

wpid-20131205_091722.jpgAs I drove home from my daughter’s preschool, the fog was so thick that it was difficult to see anything at a distance. This was the case outside of my car…and this was the case in my head.

There is a distinct difference between being busy and being over-scheduled. I think there is a fine line between the two and emotions sometimes tip the scale from busy to beaten. Recently, there were some things added to my plate that tipped the scale…extra church choir practices, two school Christmas productions(on the same day) and a school volunteer opportunity . I am not going to whine about the details but when I looked at my calendar my head started spinning. We haven’t even started shopping for Christmas yet – not one single solitary gift has been sought out- and we have scheduled activities on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and now we are “scheduled” be at church for our children’s practices on Saturdays…inhale…exhale…breathe. Breathe. BREATHE!

My hubby asks me to “download my brain” and share my plans when I get overwhelmed so he can help shoulder the burden. When I started going down the list last night, his eyes got wide and he got the very same deer-in-the-headlights look that I had been feeling all day. Uh-Oh. My anchor of a husband is not holding me steady. (The truth is my verbal vomit was the overwhelming part for him…not the subject matter.) I’m in trouble. The fog started closing in.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

This morning as I was praying and reading, I realized that I had not committed ANY of these plans to the Lord. I hadn’t even prayed about them. I just said “Yes”.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

I have that piece of scripture written on my bathroom mirror and see it every morning and I still failed! Whatever you do…basketball. Whatever you do…nursery. Whatever you do…shuttling kids to choir. Whatever you do…serving dinner for a school fundraiser. Whatever you do…WHATEVER. If I am going to say “yes” to anything -I have to have the right motivation, the right spirit, the right heart and have to commit each plan to the Lord. AND I have to do it all for Him, with the strength given by Him, so the glory goes to Him. Not every task placed before me is mine and not all opportunities brought my way should be accepted. I have said it before (and obviously need reminded often)…sometimes this Martha needs to be a Mary at the feet of Jesus. Don’t just do…HEAR!

Above all this bustle….HEAR.

Ecclesiastes. Yes, that is where I needed to be this morning to get some perspective.

What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun?  All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 2:22-23

Yikes. Yep…been there.

I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

Ecclesiastes 3:10-14

If these plans have no eternal importance then they are just plans. If a child misses an activity the earth doesn’t move. If I miss a Bible Study session with the girls to serve in another capacity…it’s okay. Christmas gifts are fun to give, but this year I have been struggling with buying just to buy; which is why I haven’t started. Should that stress me out? No. My kids know what Christmas is about and I am certain that they will be just as happy, if not happier, spending time with family on an outing making a life-long memory…rather than receiving a toy that has a month-long entertainment value. I am not saying that we should shrug off time with the Lord or service opportunities for selfish reasons. In fact, it’s the opposite. The plans on my schedule are not supposed to be self-serving. All of this running- chasing the wind- is meaningless unless it’s for the Lord, by the Lord and brings glory to the Lord.

Everything is meaningless under the sun.

Everything is glorious under the Son.

I am so thankful for the Bible and the peace that comes from the God-given truth found in it. Thank you Lord for guiding me today and allowing me to hear YOU above all the hustle and bustle of the season. Help me to remain focused on the one true reason for the season- Jesus Christ.


One thought on “And above all this bustle you’ll hear….

  1. Wonderful mental and emotional examination in this blog. Thank you, Joanne. You help me so much through your “Blooms.”

    Virginia Coffman

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