Some seasons in life are busy.
I just concluded this type of season. Let me tell you - it was hard, and I was overwhelmed. I would never try to hide this fact from you. Busy seasons are hard seasons. Even now, I am fighting the urge to tell you my list of things I had to accomplish. My list was long, and it seemed impossible. Can you relate?
During my busy season, I had to focus on the task in front of me. I do not think this is necessarily the best way to live; but for me, it was the only way to make it through. As I walked through my busy season, I read a passage of scripture that spoke directly to me. This message gave me hope, direction, and determination. You can read the entire passage in Psalm 118.
I want to share two verses with you. I pray that these verses give you hope, direction, and determination, too!
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1, New International Version).
During the busy seasons, we need to remember the eternal love of God. One temptation during busyness is to function with tunnel vision. Tunnel vision occurs when we only think about what we have to accomplish during our day. This can easily cause us to feel overwhelmed as we look at a long "to-do" list and think, "there is no way!" When we are overwhelmed by the temporary things of this world, we can forget about the eternal things of God.
Daily, we need to focus on the truth that God's love endures forever. This means that God's love has no end! Thankfully this is not true when it comes to our "to-do" list. This world and our "to-do" list are passing away. They are temporary.
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24, New International Version).
On busy days we can rejoice and be glad. We can see our "to-do" list as a burden or as an opportunity. If we see it as a burden, then we simply try to survive by tackling each item on the list. Often we use our own strength to try and accomplish these tasks. If we see our "to-do" list as an opportunity, then we surrender to God and know that He will give us the wisdom, strength and resources that we need to thrive during our busy day.
I will be the first to admit that I failed this test more than once during the past six weeks of my life. We fail this test when we forget that God is the owner and creator of our day! He is in charge; and we can rejoice and be glad because our purpose in life does not come from our "to-do" list. Rather, our purpose comes from simply following Jesus, step-by-step.
I want to give you one word of caution. If you constantly find yourself in a busy season, you need to pull back and take an inventory of your life. I have found that we often use busyness to hide deeper issues that need to be healed by our loving Father. We add more and more things to our "to-do" list because we are trying to find purpose and meaning or we are trying to avoid dealing with a hurt from the past. Busyness for a season of life is different than busyness as a way of life.
If you are in a busy season, let me encourage you to do two things. First, focus on the eternal love of God. This busy season will pass away! Stay focused on the things that truly matter. Second, rejoice in the opportunity to trust God to provide exactly what you need. When you do, you will not only make it through the busy season, you will grow in your love relationship with God through it.
For all of you busy people, let me pray for you.
"Father, I thank you for Your eternal love. It is true. Nothing can separate us from You! Please help us to refocus on the things that really matter in life. Lord, help us to see our busy seasons as an opportunity to trust You. We know that you are faithful to provide exactly what we need. I want to lift up each person who is reading this article. Lord, grant them peace, give them direction and fill them with Your love. We know that You are the ultimate source of our strength. Help us to reflect You during every season of life especially the busy ones." In Jesus' Name, Amen.