When I was teaching, I often was guilty of “burning the candle at both ends” without actually realizing it. At any given time, I would be involved in several projects. I was also guilty of procrastination! I seemed to do better under pressure.
I remember one time in the early years of my career, I was teaching all day, working at Penney’s in the afternoon, and working on my Master’s Degree at night. I had two teenage sons, an elementary school daughter, and a wonderful husband. Clyde and I were youth counselors at Bemiss United Methodist Church. Our youth group spent a lot of time at our home. To say we stayed busy was an understatement. Many nights we would have at least twenty young people eating with us and enjoying time together. As busy as we were, it was a happy and wonderful experience. Teenagers can keep a person young.
I remember wishing and thinking how wonderful it would be to be able to stop and rest. In our present situation, I can only imagine what life will be like when the chaos is over and we are able to regain some semblance of normalcy! My prayer is that we will not return to the habits and negativity with which we have filled our lives. I keep reminding myself that God created man and woman for a relationship with Him. However, just like the early people of the Bible, we have removed God from all areas of our lives and began to worship things of the world. God is in control, and we need to pay attention and continue praying and talking to God.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 NIV