One of the main things we’ve been doing the past few weeks is playing “Catch Up.” The Great Bedroom Swap is going slowly because of that. I’m guessing that catching up on things is probably a big part of every empty nest, especially after the flurry of sending a child off to college or to their own nest. So due to a ginormous List of Things That Must Be Accomplished Today, I thought perhaps a quick post about catching up might be appropriate.
A Partial List,
in Numerical Order of Importance.
1. Study for Spanish II test that is tomorrow
(Could also use prayer for that!)
1.Work on Big Framing Order
(Sherry, if you’re out there checking on the blog,
we laughed so hard yesterday when another
picture to frame arrived in the mail!)
1. Prep for show next weekend
at Belmont Hall
1. Vacuum… it’s getting a bit crunchy around here
(Hey, I did wash the dishes!)
Sometimes life seems to speed ahead like an 18-Wheeler going down a mountain without brakes, and we find ourselves wondering how we got so busy, or how we got so behind, or how we got strapped onto the grill of the truck. And there’s no sense in fussing or fuming about it it, because it only makes things worse and everyone around you miserable. The only thing to do is the next thing. Life IS crazy sometimes, but it’s okay, because it’s still life… and it’s precious. And perhaps part of learning to be the Empty Nest “us” is going to be continuing to find balance and playing “Catch Up” when necessary.
And by catching our breath when we can.
Below is a favorite poem that I heard Elisabeth Elliot mention more than once. I’m not sure of the original author, but when I Googled it so I could find all the words, I also found another 31 Day-er who mentioned the idea in her post a few days ago! (Going to have to check out more of those posts on Getting It Together!)
“Doe The Next Thynge”
From an old English parsonage down by the sea
There came in the twilight a message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,
Hath, it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.
And on through the doors the quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration: “Do the next thing.”
Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, and guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus, do the next thing.
Do it immediately, do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand
Who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all results, do the next thing.
Looking for Jesus, ever serener,
Working or suffering, be thy demeanor;
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing.
Then, as He beckons thee, do the next thing.