Learned something revolutionary at church today: God has not required anything of me for which He has not already provided, or will provide, abundant resources for its carrying-out. I have always known this to be true within the financial realm, but lo and behold, He’s also in charge of other resources…like time.
I used to be a neat freak. Oh yes. The line drawn between my half of the room and my sister’s half was plain to see. Not a tape line, or a chalk line, or even a line of string, but rather the point at which there were no longer clothes on the floor or barrettes on the dresser or pretty much anything lying around. My bed was always made; hers was always rumpled. I even had a drawer designated as the catch-all for odds and ends I wanted to be rid of. The contents of that drawer were periodically set on display for my siblings to peruse, and then I’d play salesman. Trades were the order of the day, until Mom was informed by some remorseful buyer.
Anyway, I was neat. Not so anymore. My poor husband called me into the living room today to show me what was underneath the couch cushions (he was vacuuming for company). A pile as big as my hand of Cheerios, Kix, raisins, cracker crumbs, pretzels, and who knows what else. A pile as big as my hand of EACH of those wayward snacks. Plus a Peanut Butter M&M wrapper. Gross. I mean, I love Peanut Butter M&M’s, but a 3-month-old wrapper is really a bit much.
Like I said, we were having company. Unexpected company. And for the first time in a long time, the house was already clean (except for the couch cushions). So we finished tidying up in plenty of time without any stress, and it was lovely! And as soon as they left, we tidied up again, and now I’m ready for more company. What a delicious feeling. There are more chores to be done, sure, but the last couple of days have been refreshingly simple, with merely small touch-ups here and there.
I’ve battled for years with time management and organization, but it is freeing to know that God has given me the time I need to do the things He has called me to do. His time is sufficient; in fact, abundant, and I am eager to use it to honor Him and bless others.
Including my sweet husband, who even now would greatly appreciate my leaving you to be with him. Good night!