For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawn to movies and shows that represent a simpler time in history. Simpler, in the way of working at home, raising families, growing their own food. Homes with laughter and conversation because T.V. wasn’t invented yet. I love Little House on the Prairie and still watch the episodes on a regular basis. Anne of Green Gables is a staple in our home and the western movie Open Range is one that Chris and I watch every few months. It’s as if a part of me has always longed to live in that time.
I know that things were more complicated than movies show, but it was really the heart of the home and relationship that I crave. Working the land is good for the soul. Taking time while cooking from scratch seems to create a deeper connection with family. Every time I make my own bread or cinnamon rolls, I feel a centered feeling. A connection. A steadiness. When I go outside and pick herbs and tomatoes that I’ve grown, I feel that same thing, coupled with a strong sense of purpose and accomplishment.
When I was a young mom, most of my friends were always looking for shortcuts. Shortcuts in the kitchen, time savers we call them. Shortcuts to parenting, because parenting is hard and very character revealing. Shortcuts into success, because having the appearance of success seems to be paramount in some circles.
These relationships left me feeling empty, lacking, and drawn away from the still, small voice inside. That small voice was gently guiding me…and following Him looked a lot more like a process than others were comfortable with. So, I made concessions here and there, just to be apart of things. I regret each one.
What I now see is that in our hurry to rush through life, we are missing out on things that are timeless.
Timeless things consist of sowing diligently into our children’s hearts. Spending more time cultivating a home and less time conforming to others desires of those who won’t be in our lives long term. Spending more time sowing into my heart. Surrendering to God’s process for me too. Not being so busy that I push my emotions and feelings to the side because I don’t have time to process. This is a grave mistake.
God pressed pause on our life. It was the most loving thing He could have done, even though it didn’t feel like it at the time. Abrupt change and new beginnings are awkward at the time, but we create more time when we just settle in for the ride. As a culture we spend so much time seeking the easy way that we make our journeys take longer and we create trouble for ourselves.
I don’t want that life anymore. I want to pursue the timeless. You wouldn’t believe how challenging it is to rewrite the speed of your life. To reset your internal clock takes a lot of time and effort, and consistent choices. But it’s so worth it.
Take time today and reflect on your days and relationships. What are you sowing into that is timeless?
Be very careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-16