For everything there is a season, and a time for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
And sometimes that time is not right now.
This is what I have been trying to grasp lately-the realization that while I may think I can juggle every thing I have to accomplish, I really can’t do it all. And, it certainly doesn’t all have to get done right now.
And as a perfectionist, a people pleaser, one who has not learned the fine art of saying “no,” and a mom who wants to meet her childrens’ every need, feeling the need to do everything at the exact minute asked has become a priority for far too long. I swoop in and rush to fix, rush to please, and rush to respond, that I have made every little task an emergency.
That text needs to be answered right now.
That cup of water needs to be fixed right now.
That email needs to be answered right now.
That appointment needs to be made right now.
Until slowly I am buried under a heap of small emergencies.
And then Paul reminds me that I can do all things through Him who strengthens me, but all these things don’t have to be done right now.
Because all of these “nows” diminish the strength I need to take care of my family, my friends, my home, my church, myself. Because all the “right nows” diminish the time I have for God.
Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
See, since I keep myself focused on all the “emergencies” I have to handle, I can’t do anything wholeheartedly. I am only able to give a portion of myself to each task, so I can move on to the next one. Never focused on one thing intentionally. Never able to complete one “emergency” before I have started working on another. And, since I am not making time for God right now, I cannot adequately accomplish what he has asked me to do.
So, I am apologizing in advance if I don’t answer that email right away.
If I let voice mail take your call.
If I slack a little on a text message response.
If I make my kids wait five more minutes for their water.
In order to serve others, I must make Him the top “emergency” in my life. So, for right now I will be locked away in my bathroom spending time with God.
For this is the one thing that must be done right now!