author | Jamie
The house is set up. The suitcases are unpacked. The books are on the shelves. It is time. It is time to establish a routine and do the regular things of life – grocery shopping, meal planning, chores, bedtimes, work, etc. While I know that it is surely time for these things to begin, I am also somewhat sad. This feels like the death of my adventure. It seems like I might be giving up on the dream to just go live a “normal” life. Is this true, or is there a way to still live the Trust Adventure while doing the regular work of life?
Is there a way to still live the Trust Adventure while doing the regular work of life?
I guess this is what I expected would happen someday. Steve and I thought we’d take 6-12 months of sabbatical time to rest and heal and trust in the Lord’s provision. We have done that for 9 months and have received more from our Father than we had ever hoped or dreamed.
We have learned to seek God, trust God, experience His peace, laugh, fight, confess, forgive, humble ourselves, rest, battle, pray and more. I realize that we have so much more to learn, but it is possible that this next phase of learning might better be done in the context of an established life rhythm. I know God can be trusted with that reality. Yet I wonder if He can show me how to do regular stuff with a Trust Adventure mindset. What would that look like?
Yet I wonder if He can show me how to do regular stuff with a Trust Adventure mindset.
One tendency I have recognized in myself recently is to pick up the work that needs to be done, and to also pick up the pressure and burden that often accompany work. I realize that Jesus offers a way to take on a task or responsibility without the pressure. I’ve never really done it that way before.
I know that Jesus has offered to carry all my burdens, so this morning as I drank my coffee, I meditated on that truth. I remembered that while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me, and He chose me before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. I know that His delight in me is so vast and deep already, that no amount of doing things right or producing good results are needed to convince Him that I’m important. I’m already significant and have great value in His eyes.
I know that Jesus’ delight in me is so vast and deep already, that no amount of doing things right or producing good results are needed to convince Him that I’m important.
That is my happy place. When I rest in the reality of my true identity, walking each day hand in hand with my Savior, there is no burden too great. There is no pressure of any consequence. The one who knows me the best, smiles when He looks at me. Everything else pales in comparison to that.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
With that perspective in mind, I will move forward into establishing a regular family rhythm. TRUST ADVENTURE 2.0 BEGINS NOW!