My temper was short and my mood was grumpy last night. With too much to do, and too little time, I was feeling overwhelmed. Once again, I had placed myself in a position of over-commitment. I asked myself, “When will I ever learn?” You would think that by now, I would have it all figured out, and wouldn’t be in this situation.
I wonder if God feels that way about us sometimes? I wonder if He looks down and says, “When will you ever learn?” He is a forgiving Father. He bestows grace upon us in epic portions that are so undeserved. Time and time again, we take our foolishness, our ugliness, our inabilities to Him. Time and time again, we are forgiven.
Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. (Psalm 37:24)
On days like today, I am grateful for my forgiving Father, who knows me so much better than I know myself. I am grateful for my forgiving family, who doesn’t hold grudges over my grumpiness, but continues to offer me grace and understanding. I am overjoyed that today is a new day. Today, I can choose not to over-commit. Today I can choose to have patience. Today I can choose to be gracious and compassionate. Today I can remember that God doesn’t expect perfection from me, even when I put that pressure on myself. He knows my shortcomings, of which there are many. He also knows the intentions of my heart, which is to do good and to please Him. If I let Him, He will guide me through this day. If I let Him, He will give me the strength for every task, and the endurance to see it through. If I let Him, He will use me for His good and pleasing purpose. If I just get out of the way….and let Him.
What is on your plate today? Is it overwhelming you? Is it going to cause you to act grumpy or impatient, or make you fret? Is your schedule a result of your own doing, or of God’s? Are you willing to let Him guide you through this day, even if His plans for your day are different than your own? Is your heart open to the possibility of being used for His glory today? He will use you….if you let Him.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)