Today is my “morning after” our first night of Bible study at our church. I don’t like the “morning after”. I really don’t. It’s always very busy the last few days before the start of a new study. Actually “busy” doesn’t even come close to describing it. But I felt this time around it was especially “busy”. It’s like nothing else existed, except the preparations for this study.
“Mom, when are you going grocery shopping?” “After the study starts.”
“Mom, can you do the laundry?” “After the study starts.”
“I need a notebook.” “We’ll get it after the study starts.”
And on and on it goes… Everything else gets pushed aside, only the bare minimum gets done those few days before the study starts.
You might ask me, “Why don’t you like the morning after? The study has finally started, you should be happy, relieved.”
And yes, I am happy, I am relieved that it finally started. And we’ve got a really good turnout. 48 women on Tuesday nights, 24 on Wednesday mornings and about 8 on Sunday mornings are studying “Jonah – Navigating a Life Interrupted” by Priscilla Shirer. That makes it 80 women in the Word of God! 80 Women studying the book of Jonah! So, it’s all humming along and finally I’m on a familiar schedule. At least for the next 6 weeks!
What I don’t like about the “morning after” is the crash. I always sleep very badly after I come home from our first night of Bible study. It’s like the adrenaline that’s been built up doesn’t want to let go. And then overnight it happens, and I just crash.
So everything is done in slow motion on that “morning after”. I try to schedule my “day after” with only light things. No heavy lifting on that day! I don’t just mean it literally. I pray that I’ll get through the day without any major bumps and bruises.
But it is an indescribable feeling when I think of how much God loves me, and how much He loves all these women in our Bible study groups. And what He will accomplish in these 6 weeks of intense Bible study. What a privilege to serve my God! What a privilege to serve other women! An interrupted life is indeed a privileged life!