May can make me feel just like that. It's December all over again, except those presents aren't for my kids. They are for their teachers. And our babysitter who is graduating. (Tears!! Don't go!!) A niece going through confirmation, Mom (don't forget Mother's Day), the kids' tennis instructor, and so on and so forth.
Not that I'm actually buying gifts for all these occasions, but I feel like I should. The nagging guilt is there.
Then we have the end of the school year events crowding the calendar. Parent luncheon, recitals, May Day, Field Day, Find-any-reason-to-bring-parents-to-school Day. Not that I'm not right up there in the front row recording it all. I am. Just don't expect me to be very productive at work or have square meals on the table every night this month.
It's almost May. I'm looking at the calendar, the papers to be signed, and the lists, and I'm having a hard time slowing down my brain. It's getting harder for me to see the larger picture. Seems like a good time for me to pause, focus on the compass of my life, and go back out there with an unhurried, genuine smile on my face.
That's not easy to do. It's easier for me to get snarky and all caught up. It's easier for me to default to rush and stress. But the world doesn't need more snark. Certainly no more rush or stress. I don't need it, my family doesn't need it. So I pause, and look for something better.
My compass, my God, reorients me. I open my Bible and find this:
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17-18
That's what I need: peace. My prayer is that I remember to slow down, seek it, and find it in May.
Is May going to be crazy busy for you? How do you find peace?
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