Searching the isles, I found the Velveeta®, lean hamburger meat (we get it when we can afford it but I guess the Velveeta® cancels it out HA!), cream of mushroom, and the biggest bag of tater tots anyone’s ever seen. I got too much meat on purpose and planned on taking over one of two casseroles to mom and dad’s house for surprise dinner. I used to surprise people a lot. It was something that fueled my joy and creative ideas seemed to come naturally.
A while back I talked about how God has blessed me with time right now in this season of my life. Sometimes, it feels like there isn’t enough — but when I start to feel this way, I know I’ve got to slow down and separate, like when you prepare for laundry. Yesterday, prime example. I really honestly had so many things to do. Like, not-enough-hours-in-the-day kinda listicles. But I hadn’t seen a friend in a while and I told her I just had to GO (AKA: Leave the house or it’s not going to happen.)
She invited me in and showed me how to brew coffee with a French press. We sipped our coffee while listening to our tweens and teens joke, as her youngest danced in circles, amused at the ceiling fan. I missed sitting and doing nothing with her. It was always one of my favorite things to do, but I had let time slip by. It wasn’t planned to let that much time go by before connecting, but I made a discovery while making the casseroles.
If we are not alert, we can get caught up in the things we have a lot of while sidelining the rare gifts, like moments with friends.
The casserole story made me realize just how well I don’t do when I keep to myself for too long. It’s the song of the introvert I guess, but God is constantly reminding me I need more of Him and I need people too. This is the theme of my whole past year; my story which God is beautifully orchestrating. The discovery is this: I do better with more when I can share it, whether that’s food, coffee, or time. And I think that’s how most of us here are.
Whatever is excessive in our hands, we hope and pray to reach out to those in need, and let them partake of God’s great gifts to us. Because they are for all. It’s just that some don’t know it yet.
Recommended Resource: Choose Connection by Emily P. Freeman (podcast)
Recommended Reading: Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood Releases April 10th (book review coming soon!)