A Yesterday, No-Time-To-Publish Post
As I sit in the study (soon to be Owen’s room) trying to multitask, a frustrating reality hits me. I won’t be getting the nap time work done that I usually rely on. Nope. Not happening. Our internet is running about as fast as Norah (she doesn’t really run yet) and there’s just no way I can connect to a VPN with it. I spent twenty minutes of supposed work time in a most annoying cycle – connect to VPN, open up all the programs I need, get excited that I’m going to be super productive, kicked off, connect again…you see where I’m going with this. The stark reality that I’ll just have to wait and work when the internet is more willing hits me. Now I’m looking at my computer screen with Google Chrome on one side and Microsoft Word on the other, watching the little circle loading my page whiz around and around to no avail. I have our bills needing to be filed sitting next to me and a book in my hand. Now the probing question: Why am doing this to myself?
I started off today’s post with a common situation that I find myself in – multitasking overload; however, it just so happened that today was sprinkled with a sassy annoyance of not accomplishing the one thing I can usually always cross off my to-do list. I ended up tackling the above but stopping and taking one bite at a time of one thing, not twenty. I put down the bills, put the computer to sleep (conveniently the children are sleeping now as well) and pick up the book I’m reading: Gloria Furman’s Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home.
I read through the foreword by Lauren Chandler, our previous pastor’s wife (http://laurenchandler.com/), and immediately relate to her words. I’m instantly thrilled to read. This book is not a how-to on being the best homemaking, homeschooling, always prepared and pristine mother and wife- thank God! The last thing I want to read about is the impossible. I see names like John Piper, D.A. Carson, and Paul Tripp, all of which Josh and I have found encouragement for our souls through and count as solid scholars of the faith.
The introduction already contains red lines and highlighted sentences galore, but this specifically stuck out to me:
“Theology is for homemakers who need to know who God is, who they are, and what this mundane life is all about.”
There’s something to be said for this. It’s a paradigm shift. Just as Aimee Byrd articulated in Housewife Theologian, Gloria Furman is underlining the fact that theology is not reserved solely for scholars. We too are theologians in some form or fashion. We “theologize” every day as Furman says. So now, here we are living in God’s world, under God’s reign and doing the mundane. Yet again, every aspect of my life screams GOSPEL if I look for it- even the dishes, diapers, and bills.
I’m encouraged to keep running.