>Am I the only one that gets completely irritated when there is a man lying on the couch, mostly sleeping or grumbling at the kids that are playing, because he’s not at work? For one reason or another, he’s home today, and he’s just sleeping? On the couch. Grumbling at the kids every single time they jump on him. Draining away my motivation to do anything, because I just want to be sleeping too?! Am I all alone in this frustration? Please tell me I’m not.
Now let me add one more detail…that at the moment seems so relevant. The man, on my couch, several mornings of the week, is my ex-husband. He’s on workman’s comp for a back injury – so it’s not like he’s just not working. He can’t, and he’s in pain. Yet, somehow, him snoring on my couch, or snoozing even when he’s not snoring, is the most aggravating thing about my mornings. It grates on my nerves and causes my veins to boil. It also got me thinking…
How many times the last year has God looked over at me, ready to whisper a truth I needed, or a truth He desired for me to speak to someone that needed it, and I was snoozing? How many times was I grumbling, groggily, at the people in my life, when He needed my light to shine?
Wait, there’s more.
The question. That one question, of all of questions, that truly makes me want to throw something at “the man on my couch”. “What needs to be done?” he asks. My jaw drops and my brain explodes every time. If you can’t see that the floor in the kitchen needs swept and mopped, there are dirty dishes, laundry to be taken care of, lunch to be fixed, dog poop to clean up (from the yard!), toys to be picked up, vacuuming to be done, etc. then you need new eyes. And a dose of compassion from someone else because of what I’m about to do to you for asking that completely obnoxious, RIDICULOUS question.
Yet, how many divine appointments did I miss because I was sitting in the wrong waiting room, simply wanting to ask “What needs to be done?” – let me qualify this. We need to be prayerful devoted to seeking God’s will for our life, each and every day. However, there are obvious things we can do to help the people around us, and I think sometime we overlook “small” tasks, waiting for God to lay down the master plan…yet God is waiting to lay down the master plan because He wants us to be devoted to the “small” tasks.
So, I’m going to count to ten, take a deep breath, get motivated, and stop snoozing through the God-whispers in my life, and try to be more patient with the snoozer in my life!