Saturday, June 25, 2011
I've faced a steep learning curve in my homemaking skills, but I love being able to learn new skills and figure out how to run a household most effectively. There's the stress of moving to a new place and in some ways, reinvent myself. After all, I am no longer identified simply by my old profession. Now I am known more as the wife of someone, the lady who tutors homeschoolers, who loves history and politics, who writes, gardens and knits, who loves the Lord. Instead of being what the world and the workplace would make of me, I am getting to be the person God would have me be. It's hard to explain, but somehow I feel more like myself than I have in years.
And yet there's still a busyness there and it's something I feel called to work on. Diligence is important and the ever popular Proverbs 31 woman is a model of industry for us all. However, we also have Martha and Mary to look at. And in Mary, God shows us that sometimes you just have to put that broom down, be still and sit at the feet of Jesus. Just as Elijah heard God speak to him in that "still, small voice" (1 Kings 19), sometimes we too have to open our hearts and be willing to hear God in our lives.
In addition to biblical models of work and industriousness, American culture in some ways seems to celebrate being constantly busy. We must have blackberries in order to be always reachable, people will talk often about how much activity has filled their days and so on. However, it feels so freeing to pull oneself away from that mentality and take time to pray, read Scripture and simply be in the presence of God without feeling the need to rush through quiet time. Days can be full of action, but they need this contemplation and communion, too.
and also at on Wise Woman link up.