(~) Off to a bad start
Your morning is off to a bad start. The alarm didn’t go off, or perhaps you slept through it. Now you’re running late for work.
Rushing to get it all together and out the door, you hop in the car and it won’t start. After some fiddling, and more time, it’s up and running and you are finally underway.
You’re now really late for an early appointment and the traffic lights conspire against you. They all change to red as you get close and are extra long this morning. Traffic is
slow. Every idiot with a driver’s license is in your way! People like that shouldn’t be allowed to drive!
Weaving in and out of traffic, you have become a menace yourself. Finally, late, furious and thrown off for the entire day, you arrive.
Ever have one of those mornings? I know I’ve had my share.
God hasn’t crossed my mind the entire morning unless it’s to use His name in vain at the traffic or the time. For the entire day, I don’t think about Him, all I can think about is what a rotten day it has been.
Will He forgive me for this day? Absolutely! Will He be disappointed? Perhaps.
Let’s rewind the day.
The alarm didn’t go off, or perhaps you slept through it. Now you’re running late for work. You stop and say a brief prayer. After all, what’s an extra minute or two? You give thanks to God.
Rushing to get it all together and out the door, you hop in the car and it won’t start. It’s time for another brief prayer. After some fiddling, and more time, it’s up and running, you take a moment to call into work and say you are running a little late. That takes the pressure off.
You head into work, obeying the traffic laws and listening to some praise music or perhaps some Scripture on tape. If you’ve used God’s name, it’s probably not in vain this time. You still arrive late, but you’re refreshed and in touch with God.
The balance of your day seems to come together easier. Even if the rest of the day is rushed, you take a moment several times during the day to say short prayers on the run and seeking His help.
The days where we have the least time for God are the days when we probably need His help the most. It’s hard for the fruit of the Spirit to show itself if we’re totally self absorbed and have cut ourselves off from His power.
Perhaps that’s one of the reasons we told to pray all the time:
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)
We didn’t choose to have our day get off to a bad start, but we can choose what we will do about it.
Until next time, no matter how your day starts, remember to make time for Him.