The month of May and the end of the school year is crazy! What lessons can we learn during the busy times?
By Sheri Wohlfert
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven… Ecclesiastes 3:1
The month of May and the end of the school year are crazy! As I was sitting in front of a two column to-do list, I remembered the Christmas I got a shiny new Slinky. It was the greatest invention ever, and I loved playing with that silly thing. I was very careful not to let it get tangled or pinched and it looked good as new for months. I always kept it in the orange box on my dresser when I wasn’t playing with it.
I got my Slinky the same Christmas my younger brother Joe got a stick horse named “Bucko.” One summer day I was helping my mom with the dishes, and when we were finished, I went to my room to get my Slinky to play with on the front porch steps. I remember the blood-curdling scream I let out when I found my prized possession all bent, tangled, mangled, and connected like a spider web. The story was: Joe’s stick horse was about to be trampled by a stampede of wild Texas longhorn cattle raging through the back yard near the apple tree, and the only way to ensure Bucko’s safety was to tie him securely to the apple tree with my Slinky. Apparently it took several wraps around the tree trunk to do the job and needless to say, the Slinky was never the same.
When I think of that bent, twisted, frazzled toy, that’s exactly how I’m feeling as May ticks away. Just like that Slinky, I’ve been tugged and pulled and twisted in a hundred directions and I haven’t quite bounced back yet. God promised there is a purpose for every season. I knew this May was going to be a doozy, so I prayed that God would help me soak it all in and enjoy every second of it.
My prayerful request was that he remind me to pray for a suffering or lonely soul each time I felt the stress of the schedule start to bear down. It’s easy to get tangled up in all the students who aren’t where we wanted them to be and all the projects and objectives that didn’t match our expectations but we don’t need to re-vamp our lives because one month gets nutty. We need to enjoy the gifts and talents that we’re called to share with others during this hectic month.
Some days, we need to remind ourselves that nothing lasts forever … good OR bad. Instead of focusing on the schedules and the chaos, we have to show up each day and ask the Lord to help us do the best job we can with the gifts and talents he’s given us! It won’t be perfect, and that’s ok! I remind myself that there isn’t any permanent harm done because the Wohlferts didn’t eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and veggies every day in May.
Our family has grown to include some new dust bunnies and cobwebs this month and yes, I’ll admit it, I shoved some laundry and ironing into a basket and hid it in my closet before company came to visit. (And just because God has a sense of humor it fell off the closet shelf and landed on my head one morning.) Guess what … it’s all ok! We are called to be FAITHFUL, not to be PERFECT.
Months like May are full of lessons: Lessons in patience, laughter, trust and faithful endurance! What are you learning? Quiet Mays will come … and they will come more quickly than you can imagine — so just take God’s hand and BE PRESENT for life; let it flow by you. After all, our life on earth is a dress rehearsal for heaven!
Sheri Wohlfert is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker, and teacher who writes from Michigan. She uses her sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.