The Joy of the Status Quo

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – John 10:10b

My family and I are in various stages of getting over the flu.

If you’ve been in that situation recently, I sympathize!

Have you ever felt that sickness brings to light the joy of the status quo? Normality in our family is always busy, sometimes hectic. I rarely reach the end of my to-do list. The priorities of homeschooling, homemaking, and spiritual and physical health are often all we have time for in a typical day.

And sometimes, I resent that.

I think, wouldn’t it be lovely to have a day stretching ahead of me, with no meals to prepare, no laundry to fold, no papers to grade, no tasks that should have been done yesterday? How delightful it would be to spend an entire uninterrupted day doing whatever I like – working in my garden, crafting or sewing, brainstorming my next children’s book.

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But when illness strikes our family (and fortunately, it rarely does), I find myself imagining instead how wonderful it will be when my youngest son is up and running around again. I miss the sound of his giggling, the thumping of his feet on the floor upstairs as he plays, the sound of his Legos being sorted.

I miss the flash of my oldest son’s smile.

I miss early morning workouts with my daughter.

I miss my husband’s hugs (understandably, he won’t go near me when I’m contagious).

I even miss the sensation of hot water on my cold hands as I wash dishes.

Those are all just ordinary things, fragments of my normal life that I often take for granted. But I appreciate them so much more when something disrupts the status quo.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I’m grateful to God that when life is normal, I have a happy family to care for, a healthy body that can work hard, and a mind to manage it all – with a great deal of help from my husband and kids.

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Above all, I am blessed with salvation!

Perhaps someday my “normal” will be more peaceful than it is now. In the mean time, I’m reminding myself of the abundance in normality, and the joy in the status quo.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. – Isaiah 61:10

 

What is your “normal?” Have you had the flu this season, and how have you coped? I welcome your comments.


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15 thoughts on “The Joy of the Status Quo”

  1. Amen! Above all we rejoice in salvation, by grace and faith in Christ.

    I long to develop thicker skin, but I find myself longing for the known and comfortable too. They are certainly gifts from God. To be thankful and soak in all the giggles is great wisdom.

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  2. My usual is reading blogs, online schooling, car rides, self-reflection, organizing. There is always a sort of self-made schedule to push me towards a greater sense of well-being. Like this week, as brought with it a bit more calmness than usual in my daily occurrences, I am learning to be grateful for all circumstances of life. Blessings!

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  3. Doing what I do, every day has the potential to be different, in an unexpected way. But I do try hard to defend Sunday afternoon and evening. That’s my reliable time to be Dad and hubby instead of deacon. By the evening, Mary and I will either grab a good book or watch whatever PBS has to offer. That’s my normal 🙂

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    1. That’s so wise, to set aside time for your family. I think that in my family, we would go and go and go….so as you said, we have to intentionally put the brakes on. Sunday afternoons between church services, we eat a simple meal, relax, nap, chat – just have down time in some form or another.

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      1. During training, I greatly appreciated having the thought drilled into us that if our deacon ministry becomes more important than spouse and family, it’s critical that we scale back. Emergencies happen, and if called on a Sunday evening I will respond. But if it can wait, I let it wait. Can’t say I always make healthy choices, but this is one I truly believe in.

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