As I write this, it is before 5am on Wednesday morning and two of my children are wide awake. One of them just woke up and the other has not yet gone to sleep. I was trying to bore them to sleep by watching the local school district’s local TV station. It didn’t work. They are currently discussing why this channel is showing the same thing over and over. I think it’s a metaphor for our lives at the moment, but i’m not having that discussion with them right now.
Anybody else bored with their daily routine? Does it seem like we’re doing the same thing over and over again? This is my 40th day on quarantine. Some of you have been at this longer than I have. It’s tough not hanging out with your friends and family. It’s weird not being able to shop at your favorite store or visit your favorite restaurant. This is not normal. It might be our new normal for awhile and like everything new, there will be a period of adjustment.
Most of us are creatures of habit. We stick with our routine. If something breaks our routine, we are disturbed. Adults and children alike take comfort in the way our lives are structured. It’s why we drive to work the same route every day, and why our alarm clocks are set for the same time each morning.
These children of mine are adjusting the best way they know how to our current way of life. That’s why i’m not angry that they are disturbing what is supposed to be my quiet time. I’m actually leaning in to the disturbance.
I think that’s what the Lord would have me do. Years ago, a friend taught me a prayer that included the words, “Disturb me, Adonai”. That prayer has stuck with me through the years. And every time there is a disturbance in the world, in my house, and even in my spirit, I try to think of it as God answering that prayer. It is heaven’s way of getting my attention. Has your routine been altered, or disrupted, lately? (I’m guessing it has) Perhaps heaven is trying to get your attention, too.