Last spring I began working on another wool soaker pattern. It was much different than most soaker patterns, and I needed to play a lot with techniques to make it easy to knit and look good. As I got closer to figuring it out, I got consumed. It was all that I could think about. I even dreamt about knitting these longies!
I got so consumed with this longie pattern and a few smaller patterns that were inspirations I had while working on the longies, that I was quickly consumed with ideas for my knitting business. I was a woman addicted, I guess. Schooling was happening, but I was not participating as much as I would like. My house was becoming disorganized. If I was not careful, chaos would soon ensue.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever gotten so distracted with doing something good that you forgot the something perfect that you’re called to do?
That’s what happened to me. When my longie pattern was finally released in August, I determined to renew my passion and calling for educating my children. I love it, after all. I decided that the knitting biz had to be in my extra time. I began reading homeschooling magazines and articles. I was ready. I had remembered my passion.
More distraction. I got sick~ very sick. I found out that I have asthma. It took about 6 weeks before I could do anything around the house without getting short of breath. The inhaler was my best friend. Oh~ and the dryer died, and we got fleas in the house, and then we discovered mice in the house. (The dry summer brought them inside, I guess.) Don’t worry. We got rid of the varmints and got a new dryer. But now I’m starting over.
As a busy momma, distraction is everywhere. There are always dirty dishes, dust bunnies under the bed, meals to cook, a sick child, a toddler making messes faster than you can clean them up, a mountain of laundry, hubby had a hard day, errands to run, groceries to buy… The list never ends. What are we to do?
Well, we can’t do it all. It’s just not physically possible to do the entire list in one day.
I have found that first off, I need to acknowledge that I can’t do everything. Then I have to take it to the Father. I must remember to ask Him what I should put my hands to that day. That’s my starting point. It’s not always what I think should be priority that day, but it’s always better if I go with His plan for that day. Somehow, everything will get done eventually. I must remember that my husband and children are eternal. It’s always better to put them before the dishes. I won’t have those dishes forever. They are not as important as the people I love.
It doesn’t always feel good to make this choice at first. I feel pressured to clean the house. It must be done, after all! However, in the end, God’s plan is the one that brings true joy. I must battle my flesh to grab hold of God’s plan for me as a mother! He is always faithful to pour out His Spirit to enable me to accomplish it. Then He pours out His joy!
In the face of continual distraction, we must remember to choose the eternal. We must embrace our calling as mothers, renew our minds daily, and ask the Lord to pour out His Spirit to enable us. It is the only way.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42