The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Psalm 34:10
But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6
Like most parents right now, I’m going a bit stir crazy. Our girls have had precisely one school day since December 20th. ONE. And thanks to this latest storm turning our roads into an ice skating rink, we’ve been stuck indoors for what seems like forever.
Cabin fever has officially taken over our household. If you’re reading this, please send rations our way because we’ve blown through our bread, milk, and eggs (and all of our junk food). All kidding aside, feelings of restlessness have set in and are taking their toll. You can only play so many card games, read so many books, binge watch so many Netflix shows, and do so much laundry, before you slowly lose your everloving mind.
Being in close quarters has everyone on edge, with grumbling, disagreements, and bickering breaking out. I keep reminding myself that this too will pass. As soon as we get back to our typical routine, these feelings will quickly subside.
If a heart remains unsettled for too long, it begins to lose its balance. Not only does it do damage to our heart, but it cripples our faith. Restlessness takes its toll on our mindset and perspective as well as our relationships. Failing to address the symptoms only exasperates the problem.
When we can’t find peace, when God feels distant, when we are unable to shake feelings that something is missing or needs to change, we must pay attention. Rather than resist, we should lean in and be curious.
Restlessness serves as an invitation to seek His presence and perspective. He uses our unsettled heart to teach us more of His own. Only God knows what drives our discontentment. If we’re willing to trust Him, on the other side of our restlessness is a peace that passes all understanding.
- Where are you experiencing a bit of restlessness? What is driving this reaction?
- What is God trying to teach you through your unsettled heart?
God, bring light to the places where my heart remains restless. Let me have the courage to confess where I am discontent, distracted or distant. Help me to trust that contentment is only found through pursuing You with my whole heart. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.