I think some days our lives are like a deck of cards. No two days are ever the same. Some days we feel like a king or a queen and other days the Joker devil gets mixed in our lives and messes us up.
There are days we may feel black and gloomy. Things don’t go as planned or sinful thoughts and actions creep into our Christian life. Some days I feel like Paul in Romans 7:15 where he says “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
There are days we may feel red – like blood red – when we have been wounded by people’s words or actions.
There are days we work better in pairs and days we have a full house of chores and chaos. Some days our “deck of cards” has no rhyme or reason and feels like a mixed up mess.
But then God comes along and shuffles things up and allows us to see how He has put everything in its proper place. Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.
We find the positive in being a king or a queen. We wear the full armor of God to stand up against the Joker. We remember Jesus took his red blood and washed away our black sins. We remember that He gives us Christian friends and family to help us pair up against the evils of the world. And we thank Him for the full house of blessings He bestows on us every day.
I’m thankful for God’s handy work in our cards of life and glad that we do not have to play against this world all alone – like a game of solitaire – but instead that we are on the side of a loving God who is the Ace that trumps all things!
We are a world of busy people.
“How are you today?” “Busy.”
“How was your day?” “Busy.”
“What have you got planned this weekend.” “I am so busy.”
Today’s world is a very fast-paced world. We are busy trying to keep up with daily life. There’s a lot to do to get it all done – yard work, jobs, housework, running kids here and there, emails, activities, laundry, bills to pay, etc.
We have become a society not only of “busyness” but of “‘glorified busyness”. The more BUSY we are, the more important we feel. We are in silent competition to be the busiest. We tell friends why we can’t meet them for lunch because we are “too busy” hoping to win that competition of “being the busiest”. We scoff at people who sit on their porch swing during the middle of the day and drink coffee saying things like “I wish I had time to sit on my porch swing and drink coffee”. (All the while truly wishing we could…….or would.)
I am so blessed to live in America. As we celebrate Memorial Day, we take time to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom………..or do we?
Do we look at it as an extra day off work and thank God it falls on a Monday?
Do we look at it as a day to get things done around the house?
Do we look at it as a day to get together with friends and family and have a fun gathering?
Do we look at it as a day to go to the baseball game and enjoy some relaxation?
Do we look at it as a day to decorate and wear Red, White & Blue?
None of those things are bad but I found myself working hard today to get ready for the week and catch up on all I didn’t get done last week. My husband and I did yard work, landscaping, planted flowers, caught up on laundry and housework. We visited a friend as well as my parents. We watched baseball on TV and ate ice cream.
I found myself doing exactly what I listed above and not really celebrating MEMORIAL DAY for what it was intended to celebrate – appreciating all the sacrifices given on my behalf in order to be able to do all those things I did today. While watching the baseball game, there were several stories highlighting players or families of players who had been in the military. It really hit me hard as to what freedom we have and how I hadn’t been nearly appreciative enough for what these soldiers did for me.
I want to vow today to keep our military in my prayers every day. I want to find ways to support our military by monetary donations, letters, supporting families of military personnel, etc.
I would love to hear from you as to ways you have supported the soldiers and their families. As we try to show God’s love to all people, I am going to expand my thinking and step outside of my box and look for ways to support those who sacrifice for me. America is Beautiful and I want to stop and be silent and focus on what MEMORIAL DAY is really about – thank you God for our wonderful country and thank you soldiers for protecting it!!
I love Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling devotional book. The last two sentences of one of the readings really stuck with me. It said: “Stop all your striving, and watch to see what I will do. I am the Lord!”
I get so caught up in wanting to control situations or constantly praying the same thing over and over that I lose sight of WHO I am praying to. I become so focused on how I want to see the outcome that I don’t even let God have the opportunity to talk to me or show me what He is doing. I just become obsessed with how I want the scenario to turn out that I forget God is in control and His way is better than mine.
Recently I have been trying very hard to turn everything over to the Lord and enjoy watching Him work. When I feel myself starting to worry about something or starting to become obsessed with MY WAY, I remember that God is in control and He wants me to just sit back and watch what He will do. It’s actually very exciting, very “freeing” and very relaxing to sit back and know the God of the universe, the God of all-knowing, the God who is in control of the whole wide world is working in situations that affect little old me.
I challenge you to sit back and Watch HIM work. He promises that nothing is impossible with Him in control. Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
I would love to hear from you about situations where you have put worry and control to the side and watched God do His thing! Did you hear Him say, “stop all your striving, and watch what I will do?”