Life is extremely hectic; I keep thinking things will change, and they do; they get worse! Works is dysfunctional, kids are growing up, relationships become strained, and I over commit. While some things are within my control, many things are way beyond my ability to influence. Good times are getting harder to find; moments with family and friends are becoming scarce moments that I try to enjoy for what they are.
I increasingly find an odd phenomenon occurring as the hectic things in life begin to take over. Just as things begin to come over the gunnels, I find a piece of grace touching my life. I initially thought I was unique and special because I received unmerited and unearned surprises. I do not see it that way anymore. My problem continues to be that I am not looking for God to act in my life; it is as if I do not really believe he is interested. Nothing could be farther from the truth!
God committed way before you and I existed to take on our burdens, restore our relationship with him, and actively participate in our lives. We did not earn this commitment. I know I do not deserve it, I am fairly confidant nobody does. What I do know is that God’s commitment is real, tangible, and observable, if I decide to open my senses and look for it!
So where does this leave me while the bad times roll on? Sitting right where everyone who walks with God rests. I can say as Paul said; “There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next.” (Romans 5.3,4,5)
Somehow, I remember my bad times of yesterday as days where I saw God act. I wonder what God is going to do today. Open your heart; you never know what God will do!