Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Frazzled Nest

Some days I long for a simpler life. I long for more time to relax and sip a cup of steaming tea, to watch the birds outside my window, to take a long walk and soak up the beauty of God's amazing creation. I long for more time to "be still and know Him."

The morning has been filled with busyness again; laundry to wash, floors in desperate need of sweeping, trash to be taken out, thoughts of what to make for lunch and dinner, bills to pay, bank statements to balance, emails piling up that have gone unanswered for over a week, my usual work-at-home medical transcription job, among other things on my "to do" list that seems to grow longer rather than shrink. I glance at the clock, realize it's nearly noon, and wonder what I have accomplished this morning. Thoughts of things left undone cause me to ponder the idea of curling up on the couch for a quick power nap. I'm not certain whether it's my age or health issues that tend to slow me down, or could it be that I have taken on too many things? Have I caught the "too-much-on-my-plate" syndrome that many seem to be afflicted with in today's world?

How did life become so crazy and stress filled? Is it because we have too many things going on and too much stuff that we have to take care of? I thought when the children were grown life would be easier and I would have time to do all the things I had to put on hold during the baby and toddler years. Nobody prepared me for this new season of life. A season that I'm finding to be full and busy with new things. I can't quite put a finger on it. It's not as demanding and physically tiring as the baby and toddler years were. It's as though other things arrived, taking up the space that was once filled with feeding times and diaper changes. Time seems to go faster now and I get less accomplished.

We hear much in the news about terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. I often wonder if busyness is satans weapon of mass destruction against Christians today. If we are so consumed by things and activities, we will have less time to pray, less time to read scripture, less time to be still and know our Heavenly Father.

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