I am a big fan of Adele’s music. She’s got a hip vibe that I really like and sings with a lot of sass. My dad has most – if not all – of her CDs, which is saying a lot where he’s concerned. My kids even enjoy it – it’s like you KNOW she means what she sings. At least that’s how she comes across, especially when she sings “Rolling in the Deep”. Lady can WAIL!
The past couple of weeks – school ending, work schedules changing, temperatures rising rapidly – oh my goodness, things have been rough. Choppy. Uncomfortable. Exhausting. Combine that with not sleeping well, unsettled kids, and a rumbling preteen – and it has NOT. BEEN. FUN.
I always have high hopes for summer. I really do. I make plans – which are quickly derailed – and it gets discouraging. But I haven’t given up! I have dug in my heels and focused on my goals and decided that I was going to just take one step at a time, adjusting my pace as needed. I didn’t have all my supplies to have my kids’ summer binders ready for our first full week of summer, but they still got started on their workbooks, albeit things have been mainly one-step-forward-two-steps-back.
Curly just doesn’t even want to THINK about schoolwork. At. All. She wants to be on the phone, or on her tablet listening to music. I have been a little indulgent, but we have continued to move to a more structured schedule with each passing day, so she is slowly adjusting.
KitKat did a couple days’ work with much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Lots of groaning and crying. She doesn’t want to work either but is quite vocal about it while she’s sitting at the table and figures if SHE has to work, then MOM has to work with her. I’m still wrangling her situation out…
Little Man – well, I don’t have to say “workbook” more than once and he is flying through his pages. In fact, he’s far ahead of where he “should” be and I am already looking for printable resources to boost his work through the summer. He will do 10 pages if I let him, when I’ve only asked him to do 4 at a time. He doesn’t need help per se, but has to be redirected to READ THE DIRECTIONS before starting…
Needless to say, I know for a fact that I was NOT called to be a school teacher!
But that hasn’t been my main challenge. I have been battling some dark moments for more than a couple of weeks, and I had hoped with an easier work schedule and “Summertime fun” that things would have eased up. But they didn’t. They got worse. They got hard. They got deep.
I have been wrestling some monsters in my life. It has been ugly. I have been taken under a couple of times. I have lost my footing. I have regained my wobbly pace one step at a time. This particular time of year – the annual remembering of my abortion – usually brings some emotional tension with it, but I find that even that is being overshadowed by my current wrestling.
I am reminded of Jacob who wrestled with an angel (Genesis 32) and I feel as though I am fighting with all my might for a Blessing. I have some dry, cracked desert places in my life and I want these dry bones to come alive. I may come out of this wounded in a new way, like Jacob was, but I do know that by His wounds I am healed. I am holding out for some healing and some restoration. And I know He goes into the deepest dark with me.
How do people go through life without the hope of Christ? I mean, even in the dark when I FEEL alone, I am not because HIS WORD says He is with me. But living life with an idea that God does not exist or that he is detached from us – even when I have felt it in recent moments – I am comforted by His endless pursuit and dogged determination to have a relationship with me. Frail, weak, and broken as I am. So thankful for Him. So very thankful.
If you need a little get up and go this morning, check out Adele: