Life lately has been a whirlwind of midterms, procrastinating, cleaning to procrastinate, eating to procrastinate, etc. You can tell that I’m quite the focused student. Although I seem lazy, I always seem to pull through in the last minute pressure. It’s actually a very good way for me to get those dreaded tasks out of the way such as doing the dishes and cleaning the bathroom. Sometimes I even get a spontaneous closet cleaning done through my procrastination!
One morning this past week, I woke up having been especially lazy the day before. I knew what was on my to-do list, and I was planning on sitting down for a cup of coffee and some TV to procrastinate tackling it. It was a typical morning in which Brent wakes up a few hours before I do to go to work, and I open my eyes just long enough to give him a kiss goodbye. This morning I decided to get a drink of water and walked into the bathroom only to find myself standing in an army of tiny ants. I immediately screamed at the little critters crawling over my feet. I ran to grab my trusty hand vacuum to suck up those buggars. Don’t worry, I planned ahead for their possible escape by spraying ant killer up the vacuum’s hole and on the floor below, where they may fall to their death. (This is a common strategy which I also use when vacuuming spiders.)
In the aftermath of this 6 AM situation, I was wide awake and feeling productive. I accomplished a day’s worth of household tasks in about an hour, and was able to eat breakfast with Brent and see him off to work. After completing my duties, I laid down in bed prepared to reward myself with a couple more hours of sleep. The thought occurred to me that I never would have accomplished that cleaning if I had followed my original morning plan. I would have ended up watching TV in my pajamas all day and getting up to shower just in time for Brent to arrive home from work. Instead, those little ants had given me the reality check that I needed. I had been wasting my time the past few days and losing order in my life. I realized that sometimes God gives you something small that kicks you in the pants. If I had not been looking, I may not have noticed God nudging me to re-evaluate my daily life. I needed to realize that I was not being the best wife and student that I could be by being lazy and unproductive.
Colossians 3:23-“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”
God calls me to do my best in everything and to work at at it with all my heart. Right now my job is to be the best wife and student that I can be. I am working for the Lord, not for myself or for my personal image. I need to use my time wisely in order to not waste it away. God has given me the clear direction to be a student and a wife right now, and I am going to work at that with all of my heart. In response to his nudging, I decided to set my alarm a little earlier each day, get rid of Facebook on my phone, cut down my TV time, and create a daily schedule in order to make sure I’m using my time productively. I already feel more productive and happy with my daily accomplishments.
This situation reinforced that I constantly need to be aware of how God may be teaching me through the little and sometimes not obvious things in life. He is constantly leading me towards becoming closer to Christ’s image, and all I need to do is look for his direction in my daily life. I encourage you to be on the lookout for what he may be saying to you through the “ants” in your life :).