Adjusting the Sails

I have only been on a small sailboat once. It was fun but, man, was it a lot of work. I am glad I had an experienced person with me because I definitely didn’t know what I was doing.

I had to trust the person I was with.

I had to allow for the changing wind direction.

I needed to work with the sails and the wind.

I needed to think ahead and anticipate the changes.

Have you been thrown off by the daily changes? I don’t have kids in school but I would go crazy having classes change from being online …

…. to being in person …

… to only two days a week …

… to all the screen time …

… to all the ups and downs of the kids trying to adjust and readjust …

… to all the daily change ups in decisions (like lunch and who is home and who needs to be home and who has the computer and do we need more computers in our home?)

All of that.

Who can adjust all their sails so many times in a day? Week? Month? Year?

Thinking about all of it makes me tired.

And when I am tired, I know I need to find rest!

We often laugh about our grandbabies who are just over a year and definitely both still need 1-2 naps a day. Sometimes they fight those naps like crazy. I am sure I did it too when I was little. Maybe it was FOMO (fear of missing out) and maybe it was just not accepting I had done what I could do and now I needed to rest.

What do you think of when you think of resting?

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-29 NLT

Fluctuations

A lovely beach in Florida!

Things change. You’ve noticed too, haven’t you?

Schedules. Jobs. Bank Accounts. Relationships. Health. People.

Some of these improve, some decline. Some of them have a cyclical feel about them while others are abrupt.

Have you had some changes in your life recently that have thrown you for a loop? I certainly have! I admit, I often welcome a change in routine.

Six years ago today, I wrote this on Facebook:

Always use a pencil when writing things in your planner!!!! You never know when God has a change of plans coming!

And it is just as true for me today! In fact, those of you who have known me for a while, know to keep our address in pencil! My physical location has changed and, hopefully, I have also changed (and grown) as a result of living this life.

Each move, each change, has been an opportunity to adjust the way I view the world. Have I been hardened? Grown in my compassion and service for my fellow travelers? Have I become more discerning? More intentional? More loving? Of course, there is always loss along the way, but there always is loss when engaging in the world.

Here is my confession: I get a little panicky when there seems to be relentless undulation. When I come up for air, I want air — not water. Rapid changes can make me feel like I am gulping air and desperately trying to get oriented!

Here is a link to a song that has a phrase I love to remember:

“Sometimes He calms the storm, but other times He calms His child.”

Do you have a favorite passage of Scripture, hymn, or Christian song that speaks to you about life changes?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. [Hebrews 13:8, NIV]

May you be comforted by the unchanging love, grace, and mercy of Jesus!

Liz

PrayerPrompt: MINDFULNESS