For God that is. Today’s reading in my perpetual calendar relates to Numbers 1:1 where God came to speak to Moses and issue instructions.
The calendar writer suggests that if we’re too busy to do the things we know that God wants us to do then we are busier than He intended for us to be. We need to consider what should we be doing in order to honour God with our use of time.
I haven’t written here for awhile and you may, or may not, be aware that’s because my husband and I lost a daughter late last year. I’ve slowly been picking up the regular activities in my life again but it hasn’t always been easy and I often find myself wasting time doing nothing. That isn’t normal for me – I’m one who always likes to keep busy. And I often find myself feeling guilty for not being as busy as I used to be or as busy as I think I should be.
Conversations with two of the Pastors from my church during my time of grieving have indicated that I should be taking time out for myself and that I shouldn’t be pushing too hard. That I’m allowed this time of reflection, sorrow, thinking, staring into space and not being as productive as ‘normal’.
Perhaps I need to establish a new ‘normal’. Not long before we lost our daughter I had determined to spend more time with all of our daughters, whenever their time permitted. Since her death I’ve also been spending more time out in the open instead of my office, using a new digital SLR camera my husband gave me for Christmas. I have begun to appreciate (all over again) the beauty of the nature of God outside and capturing that in photo images. And part of that time has included having this daughter or that daughter come along with me on my photo shoots in the parks and wildlife areas, some of which have now been touched by the awful bushfires we’ve been having in Victoria, Australia.
You might like to see some of my photos by clicking on the image below.