Wait for the Lord; be strong and take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)
Real talk here: I just took a music-less bath in the middle of the day. I don’t know about you, but I treat baths like a spa treatment. I only take one every few months. I use bubble bath. I always listen to music or a podcast. And I normally wait until my son is asleep for the night so I don’t have to worry about rushing to care for him.
But I just took one when I was supposed to be working remotely from home or caring for my child. Or both. (Shout-out to my husband, John, for caring for Owen while I escaped the world.)
Remote work is not for the faint of heart. And remote work in a pandemic is the reality for so many or us right now. But I have to admit, I am on the struggle-bus.
I miss the days when I had a semblance of a work-life balance. I long for my few days in the office each week. I long for my home-focused weekends. The mental load of living my whole life at home is wearing on me. And it’s beginning to show.
Case in point: I just took a music-less bath in the middle of the day. I couldn’t make one more choice. So I didn’t even try to listen to anything. I sat in the steam and stared at our moldy walls. In silence.
Yet out of the silence, a song rose in my heart. “Wait on the Lord, oh my soul. Be strong and take heart! Be strong…and wait upon the Lord.”
David wrote that Psalm so long ago… and it sang to my soul today. Please remember, in all the hard decisions you feel forced to make, in the confusion, in the isolation, in the tension, you are not alone. The Lord is hard at work. Wait for him.
Leah Honnen is administrative assistant for IBSA’s Communications Team.