Rest. Boy, do I need it.
I’ve been fighting off a cold, tooth and nail, and it’s just not letting go. I have the ‘am I sick or am I not sick’ syndrome. Some nights, like tonight, I feel wretched. Last night, I felt not too bad. This has been going on for about four days. This tug-of-war between my determination and the germs within.
My life is crazy busy. Not that I run around all the time, taking kids to twelve different events, but just the normal every day stuff. I teach, I comfort, I mediate, I cook, I clean, I read (the same books over and over), and the list goes on and on. Most days I feel pretty okay with it all. Lately though, I feel like I’m running behind all the time. Especially as my body says ‘Sit, you silly girl, and rest‘. So I sit, because the only other option is to fall down. As I read to the kids or watch their adorable shenanigans, my eyes snap to the dust… the piles of paper… the jam on the table from breakfast and I feel an urgency rise in my chest.
This all has to be done! NOW!
Sometimes I have to take a breath and let chaos reign. Sometimes I need to just sit, though the clutter creeps into my eyesight and taunts me with visions of lost children in the piles. Seriously my house isn’t that bad, but you know the clutter that just makes you want to scream because you deal with it and again it multiplies overnight…. you know that feeling right?
More often than not, the piles can wait. The clutter will not eat my children. The jam will not spoil and leak toxins into the air while I sit for twenty minutes. All these things can wait. Wait until my body stops screaming for rest, wait until my kids are quietly (or not) occupied with something that has captured their imagination. For now, it is more important to give my body with rest it needs and my kids the attention they deserve. The house can wait.
Jesus said “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” I’m ready, Lord! Please, give me rest.
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