Last Monday I was in Grand Rapids for Poets, Prophets, Preachers. It was beautiful and the teaching was amazing. I have returned inspired and refreshed.
So, as I walked up the hill to my office this morning, it felt like it has been a long time since I had done this. It really has not: I was back in the office Thursday.
But it has been two weeks since I started a Monday off this way.
I am surprised sometimes at how much my life falls into routines. I get used to doing the things I always do in the same way, over and over again.
Changing my routine drains my energy. I am not always aware in the moment, but dealing with change takes more energy than doing the same thing over and over again does.
Then, when I am drained of energy and am not aware of it, I catch myself sometimes getting grumpy, or angry, or lashing out at people for no obvious reason. By contrast, when I am in my normal routine, it is really difficult to get me so angry or frustrated I can’t deal with it well.
May God help us all this week to learn to trust God a bit more than we trust our routines!