So week two of school. Maybe week three for some of you. Am I the only one that burns out this fast? Just last week I was sharpening new pencils, getting out brand-new school supplies and optimistically planning science and history projects. This week I am dragging myself out of bed, having a second cup of coffee for motivation and already picking pieces of broken crayon out of my carpet. I know in a couple more weeks I will have settled into the school routine, a more level, realistic time where yes, the nice sharp points have worn off the pencils, but we are also used to our fall schedules.
It isn’t only the fall school schedule that can burn me out quickly. There have been so many times that I am waiting for God to fulfill a vision or desire in my life. There is the first excitement and inspiration that takes me a little ways. Then at about week two, I am already discouraged, having a hard time putting one foot in front of another toward the goal. This is usually about the time that God gently tells me to stop squirming, relax a little, stop throwing so much emotional energy at something He has under control.
I would love to be able to say that I have always immediately listened and rested in His grace at this point. Unfortunately I am still working on that part! God has been teaching me A LOT about letting go lately and allowing Him to give me peace, whether it has to do with my kids’ school schedules or my personal life. The little glimpses I have of resting in grace are amazing and keep me motivated to pursue learning to be still with God.
So if you are like me and struggle with settling in for the long haul, know that God is always right on time. He is never late and as frustrating as it may feel sometimes, He is never early. His timing is always perfect.
“This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16