Time on your hands

Time on your hands

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As weird as this season is, I’m really enjoying staying at home and being able to do things that I don’t usually have time for.

Now I know that’s probably not everyone’s thinking, but I have heard a lot of people talking about how they’re finally getting around to things that have been on their ‘to do’ lists forever. Maybe their garden needs some work or perhaps there’s a lot of DIY that’s been a bit neglected. This is the case in our home! Having just bought a house in November and having never had the space, freedom or a garden before, I have loved starting on these projects.

What I have really loved about this time though is having time to do things that I really want to do – not just need to do – which on a normal week, can’t justify doing when there is so much else competing for my attention. I’m sure you can relate. For example, I really love sewing, and although I am definitely a novice, I have started making a dress that I bought fabric for ages ago. And I’m really enjoying how good it feels to be doing something that makes me happy, gets my creative juices flowing and hopefully ends up as something I am happy with.

However I’ve really been challenged by a question that has been ringing around in my brain the last week or so.

How am I going to make the most of this season?

This question makes me feel both excited and anxious. I’m torn by the desire to do things like sew, which I really love, whilst at the same time being challenged by the thought ‘but how is that going to build God’s kingdom?’

But maybe that’s the point: by creating things we express something of the nature of God and love is the natural result. We are therefore building His Kingdom as we increase in our capacity to receive and give love. We are more in tune with God.

Genesis 2:15 says:

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

John Mark Comer in his book ‘Garden City’ says this on reflection of that scripture:

‘You are a modern day Adam or Eve. This world is what’s left of the Garden. And your job is to take all of the raw materials that are spread out in front of you, to work it, to take care of it, to rule, to subdue, to wrestle, to fight, to explore, and to take the creation project forward as an act of service and worship the God who made you.’

So maybe for you it’s about picking up a new hobby, learning to joy in the things that God has whispered to you for many years.

Or maybe it’s reaching out to a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a long time.

All I know is that when we are in tune with heaven, that makes our time so much more satisfying.

Written by Beth Robinson (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series