I learned something new yesterday….well, two things actually.
The first thing I learned about was when it seems like there’s just too much to keep up with in life, too much to do and we find ourselves overwhelmed, because it is impossible to keep up…We tend to freeze up, causing everything to become a mess.
I learned this from…
my washing machine!
Yes, my washer taught me a very important lesson when the drain froze and the water began to overflow…It was very hard for me and Jeff to catch the water into containers until it drained out…We couldn’t keep up and the bathroom floor began to flood!
The second lesson I learned was from my friend Deb during a phone conversation earlier in the day…She said that we needed balance…that we either talked too often or too seldom resulting in not having enough to talk about, or having too much catching up to do…and we overwhelm each other. Her wise counsel stayed with me throughout the day, and early this morning I awoke and something just clicked. You see, I’ve been struggling with the feeling of being overwhelmed with a lot of things lately, trying to get caught up, only to find myself nearly paralyzed by too much overflow…overflow in my thoughts, in my housework, with my list of things to do and people to talk to and catch up with…and with this blog.
For a few months now, I have been less than enthusiastic to post to this blog…even though I really want to. This has perplexed me so much that I wondered if maybe God no longer wanted me to do this. Until I thought about the idea of balance…and overflow.
And it clicked. I need some consistency in my life. Not only with my relationships, and responsibilities, but also with what I want to spend my free-time on.
I enjoy writing, taking photos, and doing art projects and studying the Bible and then incorporating the photos, and biblical lessons, (and sometimes even some art) into blogging to share with my friends on here. But if I am not consistent and write about things when they happen, when it’s still fresh…then the flood comes when I try to play catch up with my posts…and it is easy to get very overwhelmed…and so I freeze, and nothing much gets posted.
I was very frustrated last night when we were dealing with the washing machine. It was all my fault too…I should have tested the drain first since this wasn’t the first time it happened.
I woke up this morning frustrated because the laundry was still in the washer, and now I would need to wait until Jeff comes home tonight to get that drain thawed…
And then this morning when I took the picture in my bathroom I turned and was reminded of three things:
God is trying to tell me something here. It’s all over my bathroom…and in the Bible!
I have these words written on my shower curtain, my walls, and even on the tooth brush holder…And to be consistent with my word for this year…On my heart!
If I begin to believe and trust God with the flow in my life, and I remember to praise Him in ALL things…staying consistent with my daily Bible reading, prayer, relationships, responsibilities, and even fun hobbies like photography and blogging…Then balance will be restored in my life once again.
I think this was a good lesson to start the new year off with.
What lesson(s) have you learned so far this year?