Happy Monday friends!
When you read this, I’ll be just finishing up a long day on set filming Mother Goose Club videos!
But as of right now, writing this, it’s Sunday night. My special gentleman just left. We spent the afternoon together, went to Mass, met our friends’ new baby, did some shopping and ate a beautiful dinner. (And he helped my re-pot my plants…if you follow me on Instagram (@beauty.beyond.bones) I made a video on there, you may have seen it.)
It was a really great day and an extra-special weekend.
But I don’t know about you, but it feels like lately, it is the season of overwhelm. Work deadlines, preparing for upcoming trips, planning for Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping and playing Russian roulette with shipping your online purchases. Throw in a season wildcard: like attending a wedding, or hosting a Christmas party -or both, in my case- and…our plates are full.
Couple that with the crippling inflation that is making everyone tighten our belts and question how in the world we’re going to foot the bill for all these upcoming seasonal expenses, let alone the groceries…and it’s enough to make me throw up my hands and say, “I give up!”
Maybe that’s just me?
But at Mass tonight, Fr. Mike’s homily was really incredible…as they always are. But the theme of the talk felt like it was written just for me.
“What is God asking of me right now?”
Such a simple thought, right? And yet powerful enough to get’cha up and over the mountain.
What is God asking of me right now?
I think sometimes, I can get so overwhelmed with the big picture, that I can forget that walking takes putting one foot in front of the other. I’m too worried about the potential roadblock or detour way up ahead, that I completely stumble over my feet, forgetting the very basics of left-foot, right-foot. Repeat.
As I’ve been reflecting on this…thinking about my life, my pursuits, and my current situation, the more this one very particular word keeps coming to the front of my mind:
You see, as your textbook “Type A” individual, I like to have control over my life, my future, my income, my timeline…everything.
(And yes – that absolutely played a role in developing anorexia, and the control I thought it was giving me. (You can learn more about that here).)
I’ve got to realize that my timeline is not God’s timeline. And though I may wish it were, the fact of the matter is that God’s Will will come to fruition when it’s supposed to.
My only job is to trust that that’s true. To trust that God’s plan for my life is on purpose, and I cannot rush or hurry along the process.
Funny how patience and trust go hand-in-hand, right?
What is God asking of me right now?
I think sometimes, we don’t need to look further than what – or who – is right in front of us.
Who can we show love to? How can I share Christ’s light in whatever situation I find myself in? How can I help, or serve my neighbor? How can I love the people in my life better? How can I be Christ’s hands and feet where I am in this very moment?
You see, the more I thought about it, the more I realized how simple it is.
You know how, one of the things I was so overwhelmed about, was going to a wedding, and finding “the perfect” dress to wear to it? Well, instead of stressing out over what to wear, the more important thing to concern myself with, is how can I be a light at this wedding? It’s not: “How will I look in the dress that night?” But rather, “How will I make people feel that night?”
Case in point: Do I thint that at the Wedding at Caanaan, when Jesus was saving the day, and turning the water into wine, that He was worried what people thought about how He looked in His tunic?
He was helping people. He was serving people. He was doing what God needed Him to do at that very moment.
It turns out that so many of life’s little stressors — that, truthfully when we get down to brass tacks, are usually just “me problems”… — so many of those stressors would just *poof* disappear, if I were only to just take the focus off of myself, and instead turn it outwards.
I think I’m going to take that into the holiday season with me. If I feel myself starting to get a little stressed, to just stop and ask myself, “What is God asking of me right now?”
Makes life a whole lot simpler. Love others. Trust God. And find ways to serve and be His light to the world.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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