Connor and I are on a blanket in the living room. There are clean dishes in the dishwasher, waiting to be emptied, and a load of laundry in the dryer. We've got a fire in the fireplace, and Connor just fell asleep next to me after a serious session of tickles, scooting and baby push-ups. This kid is a mover and a shaker, and he's always up for a good laugh, too.
Last night Michael and I went on a date to dinner and an NBA game, and the midweek outing was a perfect break from routine. The boys stayed with my parents, and in a day and age where extended families are often separated by large distances, I felt enormously grateful that, that's not the case for me and my parents.
I’m all about making life a little easier, and I’ve recently learned that spending less time on some tasks means that I can offer more energy and focus to the things that really matter. One way I’ve simplified my life is that I aspire to do one load of laundry a day. (Key word here: aspire.) Doing laundry more frequently means I have smaller loads, which I can put away more quickly. Another way we've simplified is by having a meal from Hello Fresh three nights a week. Hello Fresh is a weekly food delivery service, that features interesting recipes and fresh ingredients. The beauty of this service is that it cuts back on time and money spent at the grocery store, time spent planning and even time spent cooking—but we’re still eating good meals at home.
The other day Ryan and I were reading his toddler’s Bible. We often flip through the stories, bouncing from the Old Testament to the New and back to the Old. We arrived on the story of Jonah, and it said something like, Jonah was in the boat and he was sleeping and there was a storm. The others on the boat woke up Jonah and told him they were afraid of the storm, and he said, it’s because of me, throw me overboard. Then we are told that he was swallowed by a big fish, gulp, and a few days later he arrived on land.
As I thought about the story, I wondered if maybe the story says Jonah was swallowed by a fish because there’s no other explanation about how he survived being thrown overboard. Over the years I’ve struggled with some of the stories from the great book, but I felt a sense of relief when I thought that maybe these stories are the result of humans trying to explain wild life events. I get that. Maybe the story was a dream or maybe it wasn't. I'm sure that either way it was very true to Jonah or even to the others who were on the boat with him. No matter what, what I learned from the story this time around is that I need to trust that God is in control. It's as simple as that.