I marvel at how busy I make myself. There’s nothing like checking everything off a to-do list, but sometimes I run myself ragged trying to get it all done. Maybe you’re in a similar boat. The problem isn’t in being busy; being productive is good. The problem is where I turn my focus. Often, when I pile so much onto my proverbial plate, I lose sight of God.

When I finally sit down for time alone with God, I’m balancing so much I can’t slow down enough to really connect with him. Inevitably, all my plans fall apart around me and I’m left picking up the mess of missed commitments. And when the dust settles, God is always there, ready for me to “come home.”

I wrote a sort of poem about it.



My, What a Load on Your Plate


You have a daunting load on your plate,

all variety of tasks to complete,

relationships to invest in,

things you dream of accomplishing.

My, what a load on your plate.


Year after year, month after month

you pile everything higher and higher.

One after the other, ascending skyward,

You’ve built your very own Tower of Babel.

My, what a load on your plate.  


You’ve built a name for yourself,

with all your here-and-three doings,

and you take a step back to marvel at it all

then the whole thing shakes, balance lost.

My, what a load on your plate.


Bit by bit

your load topples down and

you can’t restore balance 

much less catch anything.

My, what a load on your plate.


Until all that’s left,

there at the bottom,

is the seed of it all:

time alone with Jesus.

My, what a load on your plate.


It all started with Jesus,

in those quiet moments alone,

but spiraled from there,

until those very moments were abandoned.

My, what a load on your plate.


But there he is again,

arms ever open,

his load easy and his burden light,

ready to teach you, love you, and guide you.

My, what a load on your plate.


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Jarm Del Boccio · January 24, 2018 at 11:59 AM

Great poem, Nicole! I am reading three devotionals each day (!) I like those that take me through an entire year, giving me encouragement for the day ahead, with a scripture passage to read. As much as I would love to be a part of an online group, my plate is full. 😊 But if you need a beta-reader, let me know. . .

    Nicole DeVries · February 1, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    And I’ll be in touch about beta-reading 🙂

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