October 29, 2019
Live in “day-tight” Compartments
Recently, I was in the midst of a very hectic two-week stretch. The phone rang and my daughter’s boyfriend told me she had been in an accident. My heart jumped as I imagined the worst-case scenario because she wasn’t calling me herself. Thankfully, she was talking to the police and all involved were OK. Then came the hassles of towing, totaling the car, dealing with expenses, and having to find and negotiate for another car. Meanwhile we were carpooling because of being down one vehicle. I thought I had already planned out the next several crazy weeks and they all seemed like essential tasks. But some of the “essential” agenda items I was fretting about were postponed or even cancelled.
How much time and energy do you spend fretting and worrying about things for tomorrow? … next week? … next year? What if you could lay out the blueprint of your life right now? I bet you’d love this option, right? Your life would be set, wouldn’t it? You’d be in charge, calling all the shots, setting your plan, and getting the life you desire.
Why then is the divorce rate around 50% … why is the lemon law necessary… why are their so many returns after Christmas … why do so many students transfer colleges, switch majors, or change jobs? How about “buyer’s regret?” These are all situations in which we were able to select exactly what we wanted. The truth is that we have almost no control of the future and even less knowledge of what’s to come. We have a very limited idea of what we really need in order to grow into a better person, to achieve our God-given potential.
You see, our natural desire is to be the authority, the king of our own life. We also live under the flesh-driven delusion that we think we know everything about ourselves, especially regarding what we need, how to get it, and when we need it.
You know the drill. When you are 16, you think you knew everything. Then at 20, you look back and realize you didn’t know much at 16, but now, at 20, you are a genius. Then at 30, you look back at 20 and realize you were in way over your head, but think 30 is when you are really starting to understand the “game of life.” At 50 I still don’t know much. But I’m thankful God does. I try to let Him run my life, because when I was in charge, I was great at devising lame excuses to explain why life wasn’t going according to my plan.
Today, try to live one day at a time. Focus on living in “day-tight” compartments. Take what God brings you today and be great with it and grateful for it. The present, as in time, is the perfect present, as in gift, for you from the perfect gift-giver, regardless of whether you think it is right for you. Don’t let tomorrow’s concerns seep into today. Today is all we can truly need, right now. You don’t need to return it … you can’t!!! Whether you accept what God gives you today and let Him plan your tomorrows or you promote yourself to the God position and believe you can better assess and predict the future is your decision, so choose well.
Dear Father, I thank You for all Your blessings. I pray that You help me learn to accept the limitations of living one day at a time, and to trust You with all my heart. Teach me to release all worry and problems into Your care. Doing this brings beautiful simplicity to my life. I pray You will bring Your healing grace to my life and into the lives of those I love who suffer from sickness, fear, and wariness. I pray to You, my God, to help me live a life close to You. Contrary to how the world thinks of You, a life lived close to You is not complicated or cluttered. When I focus on Your presence within me, all things that were once troubling lose their power over me. The world around me is messy and very confusing. But I remember that You have already overcome this world so that I may have peace. I pray this in the name of the One who laid His life perfectly into Your loving hands, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7