Are you familiar with the ride at most local fairs called The Scrambler? The ride slings around in a crazy circular pattern as you are bumped and banged from one side of the car to the other at each change in direction. It moves quicker and quicker until the word outside is just a blur of motion and noise.
I am not a fan of the scrambler. At all.
It’s fun for the first few rounds. I can look out from the car and smile and wave as I zing by other fairgoers. Before long, the intensity picks up and the speed increases. That is when the jostling and jarring get too be a little too much for me. The blurry world zipping by begins to make me feel disoriented and the constant change in motion makes me begin to feel a little queasy.
Other passengers seem to be having a great time as they careen through the air with hands raised and hair whipping in the wind, but I’m anxiously praying for the ride to slow back down to a more manageable pace. My frazzled and taxed body needs a little break from the chaotic activity because I feel just like the ride’s name suggests, scrambled.
When life gets a little too busy, doesn’t it feel an awfully lot like The Scrambler ride at the fair.
We enjoy to-do lists, responsibilities, commitments, and appointments at first. We feel productive and accomplished as we busily hustle through our day. It isn’t too crazy yet and we still have time to spend with our Heavenly Father and follow the path He’s laid out for us. We still have some time for friends and family and self-care. We can smile and wave as we gently whirl along in constant motion and activity.
The problem comes when we let the intensity of those to-do lists, responsibilities, commitments, and appointments speed up to a pace that is moving too fast and leaves us feeling overwhelmed. That’s when it feels all to Scrambler-like.
We bump and slam against our family and the people in our lives. The jarring and the noise distract us from spending quality time with our Heavenly Father. We feel disengaged, disoriented, discouraged, and depleted at the constant rapid motion.
Can you relate? Do you ever keep piling on all the things until you feel a little scrambled?
Sometimes we don’t have complete control over the situations and circumstances in life that lead up to that scrambled feeling. Work, family, children, health, and many other things can combine to make the speed and intensity that we live in seem a little overwhelming.
However, there are things that we can do to slow things down to a more manageable pace. We can set boundaries and look for opportunities to rest, relax, and recharge our hearts and minds. We can engage in relationships instead of passing by those we love while we are caught in a frenzy of activity. We can say no to the things in our lives that distract us from following the life God has called us to live.
The most important key to living a life that is unscrambled is to be sure that no matter what to-do lists, responsibilities, commitments, and appointments our day holds, it begins with time spent in the peaceful presence of the Lord.
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV says “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
This summer, I’m focusing on slowing down the pace a little so that I can enjoy the ride a little more. The only time that I might allow myself to feel a little scrambled is on the ride at the fair and not in my daily life. Won’t you join me?
Bobbie Schaeperkoetter is married to her high school sweet heart and is a homeschooling mama of two handsome fellas. She loves Jesus with her whole heart and is just doing her best to honor him in the craziness of life. She would love to be a friend and encourage you in your Christian walk as you do the same. You can follow Bobbie’s blog at www.bobbieschae.com She would love for you to stop by and say hello on social media at www.facebook.com/bobbieschae.com on twitter at www.twitter.com/bobbie_schae and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/bobbieschae