Dust it Off



Let me set the scene for you.

In my room, I have a vintage waterfall desk. It’s where I get ready in the mornings. It’s also my bedside table, and a catchall for the odds and ends I keep near and dear.

Rewind to Friday. I’m getting ready for the day, and as I’m putting on my make-up, drawer pulled open, I see my Bible sweetly staring at me. And get this. There’s a light coating of dust on it.

Dust? In a drawer? I didn’t even know that was possible.

But I immediately knew what it meant.

I left my job at the church almost two years ago (okay, a year and a half). And here I am, just now realizing how far I’ve really wandered.

The reasons are many, but unimportant.

Recently, Michael and I have decided to get back to Sundays. We’ve always been an “every Sunday family” and now that Samuel is 9 months, the “we just had a baby” line has officially expired.

And I think it was no coincidence that we decided to return around Palm Sunday. Was it planned? Not by us, that’s for sure. It just happened to be the time we felt a pull.

But really, isn’t that what Palm Sunday is all about? Didn’t Jesus ride into Jerusalem on a dusty road to lead us to closer to God? To show us the way? Even in the face of death?

I don’t write about my faith too often, but today I felt compelled.

I think we all have things in our lives that need a little dusting. Maybe it’s our relationship with God. Maybe it’s our marriage. Maybe it’s an estranged family member, or even relationships with our own kids.  Maybe it’s work.

But regardless of what IT is…

Maybe it’s time to dust it off.

I picked up my Bible today, and the dust was thicker than I had originally thought.

Wiping it CLEAN was theraputic.

It’s officially Holy Week. I hope you have a wonderful one.

And I hope you spend the whole week dusting…

10 Responses to “Dust it Off”

  1. Dallas Swedlund

    What a beautiful reminder. We too are guilty of the “just had a baby.” I REALLY enjoy your blog! :) -Dallas

  2. MeaganMusing

    Excellent reminder Alli! We started again regularly last fall and it’s been such a blessing to us and the kids. They love Sunday School and we love Paul. :) It’s a win-win. Looking forward to seeing you in the halls! And I’m going to give some serious thought to what I need to dust off.

  3. Alli Aars {You have your blog, we have Aars}

    Thanks, Meagan! Will look for you on Sundays! :)

  4. Allison Waken

    I love this! Such a great reminder

  5. ckuzov

    I’m currently using the “I’m about to have a baby” excuse… :/ Is it sad that I bought myself a maternity Easter dress AND volunteered to be an extra greeter just to make sure I have to get my butt up & out Easter morning?

  6. Alli Aars {You have your blog, we have Aars}

    And Candace, not sad AT ALL! I think “about to have a baby” trumps all!

  7. Paige McDaniel

    Just want you to know what a great post this is. You are something special and being so willing to be imperfect is why you are such a great person, friend, mom, wife, and writer. Keep doing it, kid — Love, Paige

  8. Alli Aars {You have your blog, we have Aars}

    Paige, your comment quite possibly made my day/week/month/year. Thank you.