Normal is Only a Setting on the Dryer

For a moment, my life has a slight feel of normal, knowing full-well “normal” is only a setting on my dryer and this moment shall soon pass and crazy will resume.  I’m sitting in an empty restaurant watching time stand still.  

I’ve been missing in action for nearly two months now, and it’s taken almost that long to learn which end is up.  I walked fully into the unknown waters of faith, the place that holds no border.  My greatest desire is to see Him face to face standing in this vast, borderless land.

I now share my time with a job that never ends (restaurant management) and have an income that is less than enough.  Yet, I watch God provide.  I see His hand of providence moving in such a fresh way, and it moves me.  It moves me to crave He who tells the trees to grow and causes the clouds to swirl in the sky.

Romans 1-21

I find myself no longer hidden away in the woods where the world cannot see me.  I am smack dab in the middle of the public, visible.  My every action is watched and noticed.  Do my pores ooze God?

I take the challenge presented to me seriously.  I stepped into a restaurant known for horrible service, and it is mine to change.  The only way I know how to make a change like that is God and God alone (yes, He is my answer for every part of life in case you were wondering).  Jesus was a servant to the least of these; He stooped to wash feet.  Feet!  The one and only son of God, savior of the universe, Jesus, washed yucky, toe jam, dirt covered, hairy, nasty feet.  I have a feeling, in this day and age, he would have cleaned toilets too.

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The only way I know how to make a lasting change is to introduce a servant’s heart, the heart of Christ.  While the cursor blinks away emptily on my blog, my actions are speaking louder than my words for once.  Don’t think I’ve left you.

Within surrender, a new way of life takes shape.  Seeking Christ in the stillness has new meaning when stillness seldom comes.  God is good, and I praise Him for He knows every detail of my life.  

In the quiet, I hear “release the brokenhearted.”  This phrase runs laps around my brain on a daily basis, and I confess not to understand.  Maybe subsequent posts will reveal the depths of this message.  I am only that little teapot short and stout, “Fill me up, Lord, and pour me out!”

“Just be you,” God says to me.  “I made you–trust that.  Just be you and I will work in you and through you.”  So, I surrender completely remembering that surrender is a daily thing.  One day at a time, I lift my voice through the crazy and offer Him praise because of the valley of Romans 1:21 and my time spent there is fresh on my mind.  The dark corridors of the inner recesses of my mind are only one “forget” away, and I won’t go back.  Life outside the cave is more than I imagined.  

I pray it is not another two months until I am back here again.  In the meanwhile, Praise Him!  Lavish Him with gratitude and adoration not only for the good He has done but because you breathe.  His name is greatly to be praised!




Author: MariJo

Sitting in the passenger's seat of life watching this nation roll by. Saved by grace, living on faith!

23 thoughts on “Normal is Only a Setting on the Dryer”

  1. Marigold- I missed hearing from you! Sounds like you’re growing in faith by leaps and bounds! Surrender is hard to do, but makes our life more fulfilling, doesn’t it?

    I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award over at

    Please do not feel obligated to do a thing. You are a great writer and blessing to me and I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to let others know about your website.

  2. I agree. I miss your posts. This one is wonderful MariJo. You don’t know how often I use to try and find “normal”. God prepared a new “normal” for me. Sometimes I fight against it, but God pulls me back. That’s comforting. Glad you are in a place you enjoy and where God will use you.


    1. Thanks so much April! I miss having time to post. Trying to learn to relax where God has me is a challenge to say the least. But, He has a plan and He has a purpose and I must seek His normal!

  3. Yeah. It is nice to read something of yours. Looks like your life has been as crazy as mine but let our lights shine.

    1. Thanks Liz!! I keep telling God “I don’t know how” and He keeps saying, “just worship me for who I am!” And there I find my purpose…

  4. You have no idea how glad I am to see you back here MariJo! I was just thinking of you and praying for you yesterday and wondering how you are doing. And look… is the God answer! He is indeed good, He will indeed provide and He will make a way. I have no doubt you have entered the mission field made just for you and the love and service you have to give. Peace to you sister in faith.

    1. Your encouragement is straight from the mouth of God! He will provide and He will make a way. I will praise Him for I am uniquely created to serve Him in only the way I can!

  5. Marijo, it’s beautiful, poetic in thought and flow I want to say. I am not expert. I am new to blogging, and have written a lot of poetry in the past. I just love the thoughts here. My favorite is the script between God and you, where he reminds you that being YOU is a great thing, because HE MADE YOU! I love that. I pinned it on a pinterest board. There is so much that I do not know, but I know when I like something. I am blessed for reading this, and now am going to try and read about YOU.

    1. Thank you Tammy! My blog is a journey of me rediscovering God on my way back from hell. My journey from here to there, the city without foundations whose builder and architect is God Almighty!

      Me being me is important to God. He made me uniquely me to praise Him and serve Him in only the way I can. No different from you, He created you to serve and praise Him in only the way you can!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  6. I am so glad you are back. I missed you. You are filled with unending praise, and it’s marvelous to read that outpouring of love again. I started to write God bless you, but I know He will. His love is going to flow through you to all the people you meet. I’m looking forward to seeing how you and God will transform that restaurant.

    1. Amen Anne! I had a patron ask me how I was finding my employees (the labor pool is shallow here to say the least). I replied with “I pray about it and they walk through the door!”

      “No kidding” was his reply. Indeed, I kid not about the powers of prayer! Even in a restaurant! God will work miracles and I am delighted to sit back and watch the creator of the known universe work in everyday life!!

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