About 2 feet of snow later, I'm sitting on the comfy 1 & 1/2 chair in my living room while the sharp rays of the sun reflect off the pure, white, untouched snow and into our front picture window. It's a beautiful Sunday morning scene while all is quiet around me....
I'll be honest, these two days of Jonas the Blizzard have my heart in a state of bliss! True - it's cold, there's a lot of shoveling to be done, there are interruptions to be managed in transportation of both land and air, and parking when we get back to regular life will frustrate us. However, also true is - inside it is warm & toasty (if you have a fireplace - it's roaring); there's extra time to cook and bake; life can take a guilt-less slow pace with fuzzy pajama pants on; and thanks to the positive side of social media - we can still "see" and interact with each other.
All of this leads me to ponder on the interruptions of life... Since I have always been a planner (I actually started using one in high school), I have often looked at the unexpected events of life as inconveniences. They get in the way of completing my to-do list, my way. Several years ago, however, during the early years of motherhood when my kids got sick more often, the Lord changed my perspective.
It was through the times when they were too sick to go on with regular life that I eventually realized I was getting extra face-time with them, as well as bonus time to catch-up on projects I had fallen behind on. While in the past I was fearful of overcommitting so that I wouldn't let myself or others down, I began to see the "interruptions" as God's way of helping me accomplish the things He had called me to do...His way of giving me a break.
Today, as my kids are 14, almost 12, and 9; I get why older moms would tell me during that beginning stage that I was living the easy years. They were slower times...we had less to get done - mostly because we had less commitments of work, ministry, school, and activities.
I am grateful for those years as well as these. I am grateful for being a planner and slowly learning to live contently inside the unplanned, unexpected moments. I no longer fear overcommitment because I have seen that He is the one who makes me able to accomplish all the things on my plate. I no longer despise the interruptions, for they are my God-given gifts of unplanned, deep rest unlike any that I could've planned for. I now realize that these prepare us to walk through seemingly deeper places of unknown and unwanted events like sickness, temporary joblessness, etc.
Truly, He shall supply ALL my needs, and often through the unexpected difficulties He allows in my life...
"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory." ~ Philippians 4:19
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." ~ Romans 8:28