Going through the motions
Have you ever experienced an overall feeling of just “going through the motions” of life? And although nothing in particular is wrong, has it somehow become a lackluster, bland, “same old, same old” kinda season? Inside, are you anxiously awaiting for what’s next, or to get back to the way things were?
It’s in my nature to live a life that is constantly moving, growing and experiencing new things. I’m just always into something. My dad told me when I was a kid that I had ants in my pants, and that was an accurate (and funny) way to describe it. I just couldn't stay still for long. Some people feel safe and secure in a calm, structured life and feel comfortable with routine, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. We are all built differently, which is part of what makes life so fun.
Today however, I would like to acknowledge and discuss those of us with an adventurous nature, always seemingly on the go, the “can’t sit still” kind of folks. That would be me. The battle with this kind of personality is when life starts to feel routine or repetitive, feelings of boredom or a feeling of being trapped may find a way into our soul. If not dealt with swiftly and properly, these feelings can result in emotionally driven, poor decisions.
Since Covid stormed into our lives, most of us that thrive on in-person social stimulation, travelling, attending public events, etc are now finding ourselves more stationary and secluded than we are accustomed. Mentally, that can take a significant toll. I have found that reaching out to friends and getting together safely has made a huge difference. However, still something was missing. My soul craved much, much more.
And then one day as I was praying, God gently nudged my antsy heart. For many years now, I have been very fond of Proverbs 2:1-5. In particular, verse 4 which instructs us to search for the knowledge of God as we would for hidden treasure. I have spoken about that scripture in this blog a few times before. But on this particular day that I refer to, God introduced a new depth of this lovely scripture and it’s been a game changer.
He simply whispered in my heart, “search for it (ME) today in everything you see and everything you do.” And so it has become a bit of a friendly game between the Lord and I. I look for “it.” I look for HIM. And throughout the day, when I see Him, I smile. Because when you are looking, you WILL see him everywhere!!
Truth is, how can any day seem bland or “same old, same old” when you are on a treasure hunt all day? And although I eagerly look forward to travelling again and various activities planned that are on the horizon, I do not NEED those activities or events to feed my adventurous spirit. We only NEED to stay present in this very moment, and we will witness our extraordinary God and the miracles he has surrounded us with, sprinkled all throughout our day.
To those of you feeling grounded, on hold or as though you are simply going through the motions, I strongly recommend playing this game with the Lord. Search for the treasure in everything you do and watch everyday come alive in a brand new way! He is SO good!!
Stay strong. You are not alone. And, as always… stay encouraged.