So, my husband just got back this Saturday from a two week whirl-wind trip to Taiwan for his best friend’s wedding. I was here keeping the home fires burning and let’s be clear what that means. Essentially it involves too much chocolate, tears, laughter, all my favorite songs on repeat, and a shameless desire to wear stretchy pants—Every. Single. Day. Basically it’s a very classy scenario.
After time spent apart, you really start to see the way you fit together. Sure we can summon up strength and go into full mom-machine-mode and do it all, but what I realized is there really is more joy in doing life together. We were made to do things in tandem. If we can’t seem to do things all on our own, it doesn’t mean that we are somehow failing at everything. It just means we were meant for community. Let’s be honest…as women we are the war-lords of multitasking. I honestly can’t even remember the last thing I did at one time. My new favorite is drinking coffee in the bathtub. I even talk in my sleep, so there you go—multitasking. Just because we can do it, doesn’t mean we should or that we were even created for it.
When Stu came home and shared with me of his adventures, I was reminded how very much the same we really are—all of us on this gorgeous planet. We are artists. We are a people who relish laughing and feasting. We thrive on joy and our souls feel less bruised when we are loved well.
My husband may have gone half-way across the world, but some of the things he found there you could find here. He watched a handsome groom kiss his radiant bride. He watched stars perched high in an inky night. He heard the sound of waves roaring as they tossed smooth stones against the beach.
No matter where we go or what we do, we will always be created for community. So, go places near or far. See the way people do life. Travel the world and see how other cultures celebrate or walk into your local coffee shop, and be open to the new flavors right beside you.
You might feel like you can barely make it through the day at a job that seems to sap your joy. Maybe you feel constantly squashed under the weight of endless health struggles or depression. Maybe you simply feel worn thin from the demands of raising little ones or lost in a deep sea of apathy. Life throws a lot at us. I don’t know what is making you feel stuck, but that does not define you. Hear God whisper who you really are. You are called: Beloved. So, what if you just took a deep breath did that: Be Loved. I think we’d set the world on fire.
“God isn’t worried whether the cup is half-empty or half-full; He wonders which thirsty person we will give it to.” -Bob Goff