Faithful in the Monotony

Posted on March 16, 2016

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I get bored really easily. Conversely, I’m like many of you – drawn to the excitement of vision and new things. However, I’m realizing that most of my life is played out in the “in between moments.”I can’t think of many deeply meaningful things in my life that have come to pass quickly. Marriage. Kids. Friendships. Vision. I’m learning to simply be patient, and let God uncover the layers that I don’t even know exist in these areas of my life. Many times, these layers are uncovered in seasons of routine, day after day, learning to love God and each other well.

Do you feel bored in the monotony sometimes?
Ever wish that there was something more exciting?Β 

If you do, welcome to the club. However, I think that the times of monotony are actually a gift from God. When we are in seasons of routine, this helps us to identify our own decision-making and patterns that will also lead to spiritual growth, and growth in our relationships with others. These seasons can be really challenging, because we are drawn to vision, the new and exciting. It’s a lot easier to celebrate the beauty of God when we’re seeing things come to pass that are fun and exciting.

Your disciplines are magnified when you are in seasons of monotony. You’re able to see how and where you’re spending your time.Β We learn to praise him simply because it’s Tuesday, and he’s allowing us to have another “day of meetings,” or whatever your Tuesday may hold (Tuesdays are my meeting days).

Proverbs 16 is one of my favorite chapters of the Bible, and it reminds me to just chill out, be patient, and allow God to do what he’s going to do, even if it takes longer than I would hope. Here’s a few verses to chew on today:

**Proverbs 16:1 – We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.

**Proverbs 16:3 – Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

**Proverbs 16:9 – We can make our plans, but the Lord determines your steps.

**Proverbs 16:32 – Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

These are all great reminders that we have our timeline for things, and God has his. When things don’t come to pass as quickly as you want them to, be reminded that boring seasons of monotony are laying foundations of faithfulness for the next seasons to come.

I needed to this today.

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