As I have been home now with my child for 17 months I have been learning daily to not take the ordinary for granted. Waking up to a normal day is an incredible gift. Breakfast, meal prep, nursing, crying (baby, not mine ;)), nap time, tidying up, hugs and giggles are normal but brilliant. I used to imagine myself in distant lands, nursing the physically and spiritually sick, working with women who shared such different cultural values but the same inner characteristics that all women possess. And don’t get me wrong, life is long and seasons change but I always thought this would be my entire life. Now here I am, quietly sipping tea in my kitchen, babe asleep and dishes done. He will need changing and feeding upon awakening and tonight’s lunch and dinner will require preparing. Bedtime routine will ensue after playtime with Dadda and we will all collapse into bed to wake tomorrow to another gift of normal.
As a mother I am learning to not let my dreams go, but to live them in every season. Trying, and yes often failing, to reach those closest to me as I would on an international mission field. Clothes need washing for the third time in one day, do it as unto the Lord. My son requires more attention than usual, and at the busiest time of the day, do as unto the Lord and comfort him. A friend calls for a favour, do as unto the Lord and put others first. These are all normal, day to day events that could be taken for granted or not noticed as we sit dreaming. But think how quickly your normal could change for the worse and hug tight those mundane days you once cared little for.
Your ‘day to day’ happenings are a chance to live with the same gusto you would your most exciting dream. Put the passion you have for ‘that life’ into your life right now. Appreciate where you are and what it is preparing you for and realize others would love to life your normal life. Look at who your daily life is impacting, are you wasting their life by not giving your life your best effort?
Work hard to get where you feel you are being called, but remember you are being called to live today as incredibly as you can.
Thrive in your normal.