Door

I’m not sure why I stopped on the way out my front door this morning at 6:50am. 

I had unlocked the door and pushed it open.  But for some reason I paused for a minute and looked back at into my apartment and I sensed a longing.  A longing to just stay home.

I wonder why I don’t open the front door more often with expectation and excitement over a new day with new opportunities.  Why don’t I enthusiastically embrace what’s on the other side?

Because I too often forget that each day is a blessing.  From God.

Ouch.

I forget to see each day as a gift.  No matter what lies on the other side of the door, God has given me another day to enjoy, work with, be thankful for.

I too often default to wishing it was a weekend, or wishing I was someplace else or wishing that my day didn’t start so early.  But what I should be doing is anticipating what God is going to do today, what opportunities He might bring, what chances I’ll have to see Him at work in my life, what blessings might surprise me.

So this morning, after I paused and looked around, I pushed the door back open and looked at the day differently.  This time, it wasn’t a door to another ho-hum day. 

It was a door to whatever adventures God has planned for me.  And if we expect adventures, something tells me we’ll find them.

Don’t be afraid to open the door.

This is the day the LORD has made;  We will rejoice and be glad in it.           Psalm 118:24

There is a wide-open door for a great work here… (NLT) 1 Corinthians 16:9a

…a  door was opened to me by the Lord… (2 Corinthians 2:12b)

Frustration

“You’re the most patient person I know”.

I knew it wasn’t true, of course, but that’s what the man at the cell phone store said to me last night.  People notice how you respond to things that aren’t your fault.

Especially technology things that aren’t your fault.

This was my third trip to the store in 5 days.  They had talked me into a new service that sounded very delightful, but in the end it wasn’t so delightful at all. They hadn’t asked me the right questions to start with, and it wasn’t compatible with another service I already had.  And now we had to try to make it right.

So there I was, once again, trying to smile and breathe and not blame the employee who talked me into that new service.  I shouldn’t have had to be there for the 3rd time. It wasn’t my fault.  And it was pouring rain.  And I really just wanted to be at home, especially after a long day at work.

Part of me wanted to react to this “great injustice” (or at least that’s how I perceived it), but I didn’t.   And in the end, this guy noticed.

I thought about the fact that people notice how we respond to other frustrations in life.  Things that aren’t “our fault”.  Maybe things like singleness, or illness, or any number of circumstances that we didn’t bring on ourselves.

I’m definitely not the most patient person I know.  But I can choose how to respond.

Someone might be watching.  Someone who needs to see what it’s like to trust God when things don’t go as planned.

And maybe my response will make a difference.

Be patient with all.  1 Thessalonians 5:14

The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.  Ecclesiastes 7:8

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.  Proverbs 16:32

 

 

 

Tomorrow

“Some of your hurts you have cured,

And the sharpest you still have survived.

But what torments of grief you endured,

From evils that never arrived!”

 

Whether he knew it or not, Ralph Waldo Emerson was telling us about a scriptural principle:

Don’t worry about what “might happen”.

We waste so much time and energy playing the unknown script of tomorrow in our heads.  We think the worst.  We wonder what we’ll do.  We wonder how we’ll get through.

God knew we’d struggle with that.  We’re silly humans.  And that’s why He reminds us over and over again…

Don’t be anxious. (Philippians 4:6)

Don’t worry about your life. (Matthew 6:25)

Cast your cares on Him. (1 Peter 5:7)

God knows all about tomorrow.  Nothing will catch Him by surprise.  And if it can’t catch Him by surprise, there is really nothing for us to worry about.

We need to stop tormenting ourselves with “evils that haven’t arrived”.  If they do, God has prepared us and will provide everything we need to face them.  And if they don’t, we won’t have to lament over the grief we’ve endured, and how much time we wasted giving them more thought than they deserved.

 

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Matthew 6:34

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22-23

So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”  Hebrews 13:6