Often times I find myself stuck. I feel stuck in a project, stuck in a book, stuck in a rut, stuck in an emotion, or just plain stuck. There are heaps of people out there encouraging us to “Just do it.” (Nike) “Just Start” (Jon Acuff) Your local pastor, counselor, teacher. Even your friends and family.
But the truth is, it’s really hard to get unstuck sometimes. Can I get an Amen?
Recently I read this really great post from a fellow blogger Modern Mrs Darcy. She just moved into a new home and was talking about how she was paralyzed by the blank slate that her new home presented to her and I got to thinking. Always a curious thing, my thinking.
Paralyzed. That is really the bottom line, isn’t it? For me, being stuck is about being paralyzed by the possibilities.Being stuck is about being paralyzed by the possibilities Click To Tweet
This problem presents itself almost every morning as I lay in bed. You see, I am definitely not a morning person. I like to stay up late and then sleep late. It suits me. At least that is what I’ve always thought.
I’ve been praying that God would help me to be a morning person. Asking Him to give me the desire to get up early and to help me to make good choices about bedtime. And, if I’m honest with myself, He has changed my heart.
Sometimes, I am truly tired (I do work some evenings) and need to sleep later, but more often than not, I am waking earlier and feeling rested. And yet, I still find myself not wanting to get out of bed. I just lay there and think, pray, check social media, talk to my dogs, etc. Why you might wonder. Truth is – I am paralyzed by the possibilities the day brings.
It’s not that I don’t have anything to do. I have projects, errands, house chores, blogging, friends, the list goes on. Yet, the choices and possibilities have me perplexed and thus stuck.
What should I do today? What is the priority? What do I feel like doing? These are the things I ponder as I lay in my comfy bed with my sweet pups.
Back in the day, my life was so full of kids and cooking and parenting and sports and driving and trying to fit everything into the waking hours available. But now, when I wake, I find there is so much blank space before me.
The empty nest thing is real.
So I ponder…
I am not and probably will never be a “career girl”. The Lord called me to be a mother and a wife who happens to work occasionally.
But I constantly have plans. So many plans. So many, in fact, that as I lay in bed I am once again paralyzed.
The good news is that the Lord has plans too. And His will prevail! Always!
It really doesn’t matter the order in which I tackle the day, the week, the month. The reality is I just need to tackle it.
Get up. Get out of bed.
Just start the day with the Lord and see what HE has planned.
Just to be clear – the “Let nothing move you” does not mean stay in bed. It means, let nothing move you away from the Lord. Get out of bed. Go for a walk. Listen to a podcast or book or music. Do your Bible Study homework. Paint that project. Write that blog post. Pay those bills. Do whatever you need to do and do it all for the Lord. He WILL bless your work.
Get out of bed. Go for a walk. Listen to a podcast or book or music. Do your Bible Study homework. Paint that project. Write that blog post. Pay those bills. Do whatever you need to do and do it all for the Lord. He WILL bless your work.
God does not want us to be paralyzed by the possibilities. He wants us to delight in them. To prosper in them. To seek and follow thru on them.
Get up. Just do it. God has your back! 🙂