Longing for Normal

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You wake up and make the kids lunches. You holler and holler (like you have done 500 times before) for the older ones to get their shoes on as the bus is pulling up the lane. You spend your morning playing blocks, changing diapers, folding laundry, cleaning up messes.

Or…

You head out to work. Stew about how you hate your job. Clash with that annoying co-worker once again. Panic at how you will get it all done. Wonder if the day will ever come to an end.

Dinner. Baths for the kiddos. Bedtime stories. Or, falling asleep to the 11:00 news and making your way up to bed after a weary day. Send the child back to bed one more time.

All painfully normal. And your soul longs for more. You wonder how you got on this hamster wheel and if you can get off. Words like drudgery, mundane, and ho-hum stir around in the recesses of your mind.

But then….

A car wreck.

An unexpected illness.

A fire.

A lay-off.

A death.

Car problems.

Water damage.

The phone call.

Your spouse leaves.

A life-changing diagnosis.

Suddenly, normal doesn’t seem so terrible anymore. You long for the normal.

How true that we don’t appreciate something in its entirety until it’s gone. What seemed so unwanted at one time becomes the only thing you desire. To feel normal again.

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”

–Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Whatever your season, know it will come to an end. During the difficult times, rely on the fact things will get better. During the times of joy and contentment, relish every moment. During the normal, praise God, because in the normal there is peace you do not know exists otherwise.

What is a normal activity you can be grateful for today? Looking at life from another perspective makes a huge difference in the mess of life. Wishing you many normal days!

Photo from Stock Exchange.

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5 thoughts on “Longing for Normal

  1. Great post! Good reminder.
    After getting that phonecall every parent dreads several years ago (“there’s been an accident…come quickly”) I revel in the normal everyday stuff of life.
    And when you wrote,
    “Whatever your season, know it will come to an end. During the difficult times, rely on the fact things will get better. During the times of joy and contentment, relish every moment. During the normal, praise God, because in the normal there is peace you do not know exists otherwise.” you are absolutely spot-on!
    Things do indeed get better and you have a new appreciation of everything.

    • Unfortunately, I’ve had my fair share of life changing moments. From an accident my relatively newborn experienced, to my husband’s cancer diagnosis, I know what it’s like to hope for an average day. Thanks for reading!

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