I sat with three other women at a table the other night, as the small coffee shop was beginning to close down. We scrambled for a week or so via email to find a time where all four of us could have a planning meeting for an upcoming event at the school that all of our children attend. Our children, who were busy with summer camps, swim lessons, running in lawn sprinklers and eating popsicles during a perfect summer day, were home, (hopefully) sleeping in their beds, as it was now approaching 10pm, but our meeting work felt like it was only just beginning.
At one point during the meeting, with a tired look on her face, one woman was searching her computer for a pertinent file for our discussion. She took a deep breath, and confessed to us that she just felt so overwhelmed. Too many work emails, too many things going on at home, her son’s wedding to plan, and coordinating this event that is only 2 short months away. Another woman said that her evening would continue in the late hours of the night, as she needs to go home and do some work for a few more hours before she can go to bed. We thought, what are we doing wrong? This is summertime. Why are we so busy and stressed?
The four of us acknowledged that we are givers, and remembered that we all chose to volunteer our time to work on this particular committee; we chose to add one more thing to our already full plates. If someone needs help, how could we make the choice not to help?
If nothing else, it just felt therapeutic to support each other. We all took a break and took a deep breath. We can get through this busy season, like we always do, and will be ready to face the busy season that follows right behind, as it is all meaningful and important work. Hebrews 13:16 says, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
Dear Heavenly Father, please continue to be with each of us in our daily work, helping us strike a balance and caring for ourselves so we can be best prepared to serve others. Amen.
This month’s devotion is written by Kristin Blomendahl, a member of Sheridan’s Women’s Ministry Team, encouraging women to know, love, and serve God.