I messed up. This week when I heard school was ready to start, I was shocked. “School doesn’t start until after Labor Day,” I thought to myself. Well, where have I been for the last umpteen gillion years … school has started in August for at least the last quarter century. Apparently, I’m either losing my marbles or have a lot to learn.
Lessons come from every direction. Take church — I was up and at ‘em early for a Sunday, going over my mental to do list for the day. Waiting for choir to start, I glanced at the church bulletin and saw we had a visiting pastor giving the message. I thought, “Well, this is easy … I’ll duck out after choir and get a head start on my day,” … only I didn’t. In fact, I did the exact opposite—and I’m so glad I did.
God knew I needed a spiritual refresher and that little pastor delivered it. Through him, God showed me new insight to Romans 8:28 (“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”) I found myself forgetting about my plans, my activities, my wants, totally forgetting about me while fully resting in Him.
As I was reading 1 Corinthians 13 yesterday (one of my all time favorites), I realized all I had to do Sunday or any day is show up. Once I do, God readjusted my attitude and gave my heart a reboot. I left church with a renewed spirit, finding the assurance of God’s love for me.
Yes, there will always be unknowns; there will always be things outside my control; there will always be bumps in the road. But whatever comes, I know that I know that all things work together for good.
I’m going to start showing up more and stop relying on “me.” What do you say?
1 Corinthians 13:13 “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”