Sometime Sunday night our farm morphed into a kamikaze training camp for Casanova June bugs. Yesterday, those shiny, green, flying pellets pelted my car as I innocently drove through the gate. I just wanted a morning walk; they wanted me out of the way as they searched for a date. I began dodging the reckless swarm as soon as I opened the car door. As I looked across the pasture, thousands of them hovered above the damp grass darting this way and that. They were in a frenzy. It seemed as though every inch of pasture held an erratic June bug dancing to the same fast-paced rock song while searching for a partner. I have never witnessed, much less been a part of, such a phenomenon. Or have I?
Last-minute wedding plans. Last-minute birth pains. Late for work. Spilled coffee. Late for school. Uniforms “airing out” in the back car window. Late for practice. Last-minute cookies you didn’t know they were supposed to take. Science projects left behind. “Hurry up!” “Let’s go!” “We’re leaving you here!”
Work deadlines. Date nights. Doctor visits. Parents. Children. Keeping the grandkids. Meals. Time for friends. Family gatherings. Holiday events. All in the same week! “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”
Is your life a frenzy? It doesn’t have to be. We may not be dressed in green, shiny armor flitting about a pasture, but we may have developed an outer shell hard enough to deflect anything that would slow our frenzied pace.
When God healed me last summer, my eyes were opened to many things my ailments had dramatically taught me. Here are three of those lessons:
- Make an appointment to rest. That’s right. Schedule it just like you do your other appointments, even if you’re still a young whippersnapper. If your body, mind, and soul never find time to rest, you won’t endure over the long haul, and you’ll make everyone else miserable as you flit from this to that. Become intentional about your schedule. The more hectic the schedule, the more important it is to find time to rest.
- If you’re married, schedule a date night – OFTEN! When the children are gone you’ll need each other more than ever. Don’t lose touch. Go somewhere away from the kids. (And, Girl, try not to cut up his food for him 🙂 ) Even if the kids are grown and out of the house, climb out of your rut and go on a date. If you’re not married, it’s especially important to connect regularly with good friends over some good food that takes a while to eat.
- When morning comes, and God steps out of your sleep, don’t pelt Him with, “Just five more minutes, God. Just five more minutes.” Get up! Be intentional about spending time with God in the morning. Your season of life will determine the amount of time you spend, but whether it’s five minutes or an hour, you’ll need His focus to help you find yours.
Just the other day, when frenzy came knocking, the sweet Spirit reminded me, “This is why you were healed – to be a help to others.” When God looks down on our lives I hope He sees activity, but not frenzy. Activity without a thankful heart becomes a useless frenzy. However, activity that originates through love and thankfulness honors God. I hope He sees us rested, smiling, and intentional about our day because our partnership with Him has nourished our souls so we can nourish others.
“Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25, NIV