‘Someday’ is a way to fill in the blank of how things are not quite right yet. ‘Someday’ is near enough to hope for a goal, accomplishment, or a point of arrival. Yet, ‘someday’ can often feel slightly out of reach, clouding our focus and making ‘someday’ a day that equals a point of arrival.
Often, I feel that someday I will have time to really focus on writing, and that day will probably be when our son goes to Kindergarten. Yet, I can imagine that once he starts school, I’ll probably look to the next thing: “Once I write a book, then I’ll be happy.”
Eleanor Roosevelt once said:
Living in the present looks like two years of a pandemic, war breaking out between Russia and Ukraine, and the great resignation as a time that will be remembered throughout history. To think of these present times as a gift seems extremely optimistic.
Yet, God is not surprised by the warfare, pandemic and the fact that I’m a stay at home mom. In fact, I never dreamed of being a stay-at-home mom until I was pregnant with our now 20 month-old, but God knew this is where I would be in 2022. To be completely honest, I still have questions about the plans God has for me, and how long I will be at stay-at-home mom. Someday, I won’t be at stay-at-home mom.
Here are a few ‘somedays’ that I often tell myself”
“Someday, I’ll be happy when….” or
“Someday, I’ll find rest when…” Or,
“Someday, I won’t have to work as hard once…”
Notice how all of these statements are future-focused. Will I really not have to work as hard once I write a book? Will I really be happy when my son goes to school? The truth is, worrying about someday seems unproductive. Jesus says it best in Matthew 6:27:
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
The beauty of this powerful statement is how Jesus speaks straight to my desire to have more time. More time to write, to cook, to run, to spend with my husband…I could go on. But living life with a ‘someday’ in mind is not helpful. But what is helpful, is giving God the plans of my heart, and being prepared to go.
Psalm 138: 8 states:
The LORD will work out his plans for my life—
for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever.
Don’t abandon me, for you made me.