Conntecting the Dots

When Life Feels Too Busy

Does life sometimes feel ‘way too busy? Every day our families, jobs, volunteer positions, churches, and everyday responsibilities clamor for time and attention. In the midst of these, the unexpected inevitably flares and we’re left wishing our days held more than 24 hours. That’s how I feel for several weeks prior to and immediately following every missions trip we take.

My husband and I share a joke in this regard nowadays. One of the mundane tasks we must do before each journey is to get our hair cut. I’ve been his barber throughout our marriage, so it’s my job to find a 20-minute window to trim his locks on the day prior to our departure. On one occasion, that window finally appeared at 2 AM. After I finished cutting, we drove to the airport to check in three hours before our early morning international flight.

That’s one instance I hope not to repeat. “Are you sure you want to do this?” my husband asked when the snipping began. I think he felt a tad anxious about my ability to see straight at that time of the morning.

Yes, life seems ‘way too busy sometimes, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or frustrated with its pace. Our challenge is to remember what matters most and give these things first priority. We must never allow busyness to stifle or drown them out.

What truly matters most? Our walk with God. If this falters, everything in our lives eventually takes a hit. So, as we juggle countless activities, let’s remember the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 27:8—“My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.’”

God longs for relationship with us. Let’s remember that truth when our busy schedules tempt us to push Him aside. Let’s keep our hearts in tune with Him and spend time talking with Him both in quiet and in the rush—because we love Him and recognize His importance in our lives, not because we feel obligated. Let’s keep first things first—it’s well worth the effort.

How do you keep your walk with God a priority in the midst of a busy schedule?

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4 Responses to “When Life Feels Too Busy”

  1. Sandra Klassen

    Hey, I cut my husbands hair (and beard) too! Also my sons, so I need more than 20 minutes. I have never done it at 2 am. Did you cut straight?

    Our walk with God does matter the most. Always!! Setting priorities is key, also being flexible too. I find having a dialogue, open communication, prayer … whenever time will allow helps. I don’t feel like I’ve totally let go of my side of the relationship then whether I have opened His word or not.

    I find it helps a bit, though with out a doubt, a good read and study and prayer is the better way to go. He knows our schedule. He’s been here before. He is watching us.


    • Grace

      Yup, I managed to pull off a decent haircut that late, late night. LOL.

      I agree that a good read, study and prayer is the best way to go. But when circumstances don’t permit, we can still enjoy ongoing conversation with God. How sweet is that?

  2. Kay Swatkowski

    Grace, I get too busy more often than I want to admit. I am finding that I need scheduled times of prayer throughout the day. Just 5 minutes with a Psalm and even a scripted prayer and I find that I am able to center again on God. This is a new discipline for me, but I am trying to learn more about this ancient practice.

    • Grace

      Thanks for your comment re: centering on God. Drawing apart for five minutes with a Psalm and a scripted prayer sounds like a wonderful oasis.


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