Boredom

“Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8 ESV

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” —Joseph Campbell

First, I must repent and turn to God.

Many days, weeks, months and years of my life were filled with drama. Even in my sleep. You too?
Dramatic situations were created by me and some were created by others–life. Now that I have some peace, boredom sets in. Or is it boredom? Maybe I don’t know or recognize times of refreshing. Times of peace. Times to just enjoy my Creator’s presence.  Times to enjoy the creation. Times to create my grateful list. Times to see my growth. How many in the world would love my life, blessings, health and freedom? And I’m bored? Spoiled? Entitled? Unfamiliar?

Musings

Many who have let go of addictive substances, behaviors, toxic relationships, financial stresses, health challenges work and pray furiously to learn and overcome. I am one. Then there’s a void. A stopping place. A what’s next. Waiting for the shoe to drop or lightening to strike.

How about enjoying the moment? Celebrating the gifts and rewards of the journey. Taking in a beloved pet, the beauty in the seasons, the affection of another, a simple dinner, a game with a child. Resting in his presence. No doubt turbulent times will come again, but I’ll be better prepared if I rest and give thanks for refreshment. I’ll be equipped to help others on my path because of a calm and quiet spirit within me. No drama trauma.

Prayer

Father,

Thank you for quiet times. We black sheep types don’t recognize refreshment. Thank you for opportunities for rest and restoration. Boredom is the devil’s playground is true when focused only on me and the world’s distractions and not on you. How many panicked prayers have been sent hoping for restoration? We see it as boredom. Like little children, “Daddy, I’m bored.” Open my eyes, my hands and heart to relish these gifts of rest and restoration. I rest with you today.

Amen.

Published by Barbara Hinther

Barbara Hinther author of Meditations and Encouragement for the Caregiver of a Loved One with Dementia and What About Me, God. Time to share what she has learned and hopefully, others will know they are not alone. This too, shall pass with beautiful, yet painful, lessons. Barbara lives in a rural town in Idaho where all is community. Bless everyone in the community for their support and their never-ending let’s pitch in attitude! She worked in marketing for over 30 years and volunteered with the Idaho Youth Ranch and St. Vincent’s de Paul Thrift Store. Then her hardest job ever was caring for her husband who died from Lewy body dementia and needed her full-time care. Feelings of abandonment were constant. Life was very difficult for a while, but love, faith and hope will overcome. Let the adventure continue!

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