Ever have one of those days when you just want to forget about all your grown-up problems and instead just play on the floor, build with Lego’s and block out the world?
Dave asked me as I was heading off to sleep, “What do you need?” and I exhaustively replied, “I need sleep! Nothing I think about, worry about or let roll around in my head will be solved tonight by staying awake so I need to sleep.”
I felt a bit like Scarlett O’Hara. “After all… tomorrow is another day!”
And it is a new day. A new day with new hope.
I can wallow in everything that is, could and might go wrong or instead set my mind on the good things in life. The blessings that surround and the gifts that are mine…. and yours!
Gifts like forgiveness, friendship and laughter.
Will those things solve all these grown-up issues? No, but focusing on the Good lightens my load and grants me a perspective change in getting my day started.
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (The Message)
Our hope is not built on what is here. It’s not on whether situations go our way or not. Our hope is not in our jobs, our bank account, relationships or even our health. Our hope is in Him. It’s in the unshakable and resounding fact that He is with us every step of the way.
On this journey, when we are tired, He lifts us up. When worries seem to overwhelm, His peace comes in like a tidal wave and pushes out the fear, uncertainty and insecurity that wants to take up residence in our heart and mind. He calms our inner turmoil.
Today, we look to Him. Though we don’t know what today holds… He does. He has the answer to all the questions. He knows all things from the beginning and He knows the end.
We have a choice in our days. We can toss, turn and lose sleep. We can saunter through our day half present, nodding to others but not hearing their words. We can plant smiles on our faces and greet with a friendly “Hello!” Those kinds of days are half-lived, hallow and empty.
His life for us is not that. Instead He has abundant joy, hope and peace for us as we rest in the fact that He’s got this! He’s got our days and He’s got our heart. He’s taking care of the details. He’s got it under control.
Today we have joy. Today we can dance in the rain. We can face this day because He’s got this! Let’s trust Him with it!