I’m digging out from a season of the blahs.
A busy spring turned into a frazzled summer. (Remember the phone call that changed my summer?) I had a bunch of writing goals, but didn’t accomplish any of them.
NOT. A. SINGLE. ONE.
I felt like I was on a downward spiral with my writing: the less I did, the less I wanted to do. Adding to the writing lethargy was physical blah-ness. Exercise was a challenge with my aching foot, so I slacked off. Which caused me not to sleep well. Which made me even more tired.
The only thing I seemed to do right? I stayed in the Word. Now, I would’ve chosen to study something like Joshua:
Be strong and courageous… ~Joshua 1:6a
Week after week of that would’ve surely snapped me out of it. BUT, as God would have it, my summer subject matter (courtesy of Lifeway’s Explore The Bible curriculum) was the book of Ecclesiastes.
For six whole weeks I studied:
“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “utterly meaningless!”
What do people get for all their hard work? ~Eccl 1:2-3 (NLT)
Yeah. I could pretty much AMEN that every single day.
Sometime in August I grabbed Jeff Goins’ book, The In-Between, Embracing The Tension Between Now And The Next Big Thing. To be honest, I only bought it because I know Jeff. Also because the book is fairly short (160 pages) and, knowing Jeff’s conversational style, I knew I could finish it in short order.
One of Jeff’s challenges was to slow down and enjoy the blah moments:
A life filled with movement,
with constant motion and no rest stops,
isn’t a life at all. It’s tourism.
Looking back I realize my out-of-sorts summer was really a season of rest stops so I could spend more time
- hanging out with my kids, who are launching out on their own.
- cooking and introducing the family to a few healthier food choices.
- studying and discipling some new gals I’ve grown to love.
It turns out the Teacher was right, even in a season of the blahs:
To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life —
that is indeed a gift from God.
People who do this rarely look with sorrow on the past,
for God has given them reasons for joy.
~Ecclesiastes 5:19b-20 (NLT)
And God has given me many reasons for joy in this season!