I’m currently in a busy season of life. You know what I’m talking about, one of those seasons where I said “yes” to way too many things and overcommitted myself. Now I’m having to live my life by always making sure to check my calendar before I go to bed, because if I don’t I will surely miss something important the next day.
Every time I find myself in a busy season like this, I tell myself that once this season passes, I’m going to slow down and find more time for the things that matter most to me. I usually stick to that for a couple of months and then I eventually find myself back in an overwhelmingly busy state of being. In some ways, the busyness is good for me. It’s exciting and I never feel bored when I’m rushing around from one thing to another. But in other ways, I find that the busyness makes it so that my mind is constantly racing. I never have time to slow down and sit with my thoughts and feelings. I’m not able to care for people the way I would like to. Being busy makes it difficult and sometimes impossible to make time for other people and their needs. I also find that my mind races through my time with God because I’m in such a hurry to get to where I’m going next. When I read through scripture, nothing seems to stick. It’s more like I read it to check off a box rather than reading it to let it soak in.
A busy life is a distracted life.
I love The Message translation of Jeremiah 2:25,
“Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway?”
The main thing we should be “after” is seeking God and His will for our life. When we become too distracted and too busy, it’s difficult to hear God’s voice. So again, I will recommit myself to slowing down after this busy season is over, praying I could keep my life a little slower from here on out, so I could hear God more than I hear the noise of the world around me.