It seems that these days I have to boil the kettle two or three times before I actually get a cup of tea. Invariably I will boil the kettle and then get distracted by something else and forget that I had wanted tea. After boiling the kettle a couple more times (bad for electricity, I know!) I finally get my cup of tea. Then…. I will get distracted again (a nappy will need changed, a phone call answered, and meeting arranged) and my tea will be that lukewarm temperature that makes it yucky to drink. So… pop the tea in the microwave but then…. its too hot to drink so wait a while…. Now its too cold again…….
I get distracted by work, by kids, by phone calls – nothing wrong at all in these distractions, but I now rarely get to enjoy a full cup of tea at that perfect temperature of ‘just right’.
Life is busy and I think multi tasking is hugely overrated. Our attention is divided by necessity and the tyranny of the urgent. I feel that often my time with God is like that… I plan to read my bible but I get distracted by life creeping in. When I do get to sit down, the time is gone, concentration is zapped and I dare not close my eyes to pray…..ZZZZZZZZZZZ
I know this is a season in my life, a season when little people need me, when sleep is like a rare jewel, when quiet times are more of a hit and run affair.
So the best I can do these days is to stand still and remember:
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
So today I stand still for a few moments to acknowledge that He is God in the midst of the chaotic life, I breathe and ……… I pop my tea back in the microwave.