Some days are harder than others. You know what I mean. Those days when the more you hurry, the slower you go. When it takes three tries to get your outfit even remotely passable. When your keys aren’t where you left them. When you get to work, only to realize that your card case is in your other purse, which means you’ve driven 30 miles without a driver’s license and have no debit card to buy lunch. When you think to yourself, “Can I have a do-over?”
I know these are small things. They are what my children call “first world problems.” They are also the things that distract and frustrate and keep us from seeing the people around us. They can be things that keep us from prayer and service.
It’s in the mild hardship of these kind of days that I have to remind myself of God’s promises. He didn’t promise me an easy road, but He did promise I would have what I need. He didn’t promise there would be no trials, but He did promise I could have an easy yoke. He didn’t promise it would always go my way, but He did promise to be with me. He promises His grace is sufficient, and that in my weakness He is strong.
The challenge is to acknowledge the weakness and at the same time trust His strength. Finding joy in His strength and strength in His joy while enduring the trial. Keeping my eyes on Him and believing. Taking His hand and looking for the twinkle in His eye.
His presence not only changes things, it changes me in the middle of those things. He is a good friend. I would rather go through a trial with Him than never face a trial without Him. And that is the truth. He makes me alive, aware, and connected.
“The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:5-6,11 ESV)
Dear one, is the little stuff of life getting the best of you? Do you need to remember He is with you and for you? Take some time this week to remember all His benefits (Psalm 103).
Until next week, beloved, put your hand in His.