Friday, October 19, 2012

When You're Just Going Through The Motions

Lately, I have been feeling this general sense of malaise, kind of an underlying discontent I can't really describe or explain. When the feeling is so general, it is hard to know what to do about it. Maybe I am a little depressed? I feel tired nearly all the time. I don't feel unhappy, really, just- hmmm. Blah. Listless. Unmotivated and yet unsatisfied. And wondering what this all has to do with my spiritual state and what, if anything, I should do about it..

Is there anything to be said about going through the motions even when you just don't feel like doing much of anything?

I remember reading a story about an old town of people whose watchmaker died. They no longer had anyone they could bring their watches to, to have them repaired and serviced. So, all the watches stopped telling proper time. Eventually, after many years, a new watchmaker came to town, and the people were all very excited to bring their broken watches to him. After examining the watches, however, he found he was only able to fix the watches of the people who had continued to wind them.

Even when they were not keeping proper time, they had to be wound in order to retain their usefulness, their ability to be adjusted.

Certainly this is not a perfect analogy because, Lord knows, we sometimes stop winding and do far worse than just negligence to ourselves and yet God can redeem any of us, from any thing.

But it has gotten me thinking that sometimes, however imperfect, however little we *feel*, going through the motions, attempting to read contemplatively or pray or what have you, sometimes- it matters anyway. Maybe it helps put us in a proper place to be adjusted, receptive, when the right time comes.

And I guess that's just where I am right now.

Just winding the broken watch.

~amy danielle


  1. Great post, Amy! I'm in the same boat right now...except I haven't really been winding. I need to start.
    (And no one would understand what I just wrote without reading your post first! lol)

  2. I far too frequently find myself in a place of discontentment and find myself yearning to be like Paul who learned to be content in all things.(I tend to beat myself up for not being more like Paul...or Christ for that matter and even more importantly). Lately I have truly felt His presence when I just rest in Him, Thanking Him one blessing at a time - so much more than I deserve. It is a strange comfort of sorts to know that I do not battle something different from everyone else. Praying for you this very night. May the Holy Spirit Keep you winding :)
    Love in Christ,

    Michelle Meadows


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