I am an introvert. I no longer deny it. In fact, I’ve learned that the more I embrace the way God made me, the more I walk in freedom and peace. But last week I lived an introvert’s nightmare–all good things in themselves, but mashed up into six days? I’m still shuddering!
For six straight days I was out of my house more than inside it, I was with people more than I was alone. (And by alone, that also means with just hubby. Both of us being introverts, we know how to give one another needed space.) Six. Days. By the time we reached Saturday night, we were done. Completely done. So done we skipped out on our Life Group class, which we never do, knowing neither of us could go any further.
And you know what? I couldn’t find it in myself to feel guilty. We’d expended ourselves all week. We needed to recharge. And for us, that means quiet. And alone togetherness. And lots and lots of reading. 🙂
I think God takes pleasure in us when we step out of our comfort zones in His strength and for His purposes. But I also think God takes pleasure in us when we embrace the way He made us to function on a daily basis. The key comes in discerning the time for each thing. I look back over those six days and am satisfied that I was right where I needed to be in each moment–including the 24ish hours we holed up in our house and did nothing. Why am I so satisfied? Because now it is Monday morning and I feel ready to face another day, another week. To walk in whatever God has for me. Though I have to admit, I’m thankful that this week’s calendar doesn’t look quite so full.