View each day as a new adventure…

“This is the day the Lord has made we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

Since I started this devotional, I’ve really been trying to focus on not worrying about the future, getting in the habit of meeting each day as it comes and asking God to walk me through the day step by step. Sometimes I have my own ideas, but then God has other ones, better ones. And I thank him for them.

Living moment by moment is exciting, yet soothing at the same time. Sort of like when you take a road trip. There is this tension between suspense and contentment. Excitement for what might come around the next bend, and contentment in not knowing.

I’m grateful each time God lays the path before me, thankful for his ability to communicate the days plan to me. Some people might say “that’s not God, that’s just you”, but I know better. If it were up to me I would try to make breakfast, check Facebook, and brush my teeth all while simultaneously trying to make the bed and throw in a load of laundry. God tells me to slooooow down. Everything comes with time, even the small stuff. And amazingly, even when I slow down I manage to get everything accomplished.

“For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21)

As I mentioned in previous entries, my days have been relatively uneventful over the last month or so. After the drama from my last binge subsided and I finally turned my face back to Jesus, God has blessed me with quiet days, giving me time for reflection and praise. However, this is not to say there aren’t challenges in the horizon, for surely they will come—its guaranteed. I welcome these trials, for they’re opportunities to place my trust in God and thank him in the struggle. It’s been at my lowest and weakest points that I’ve felt God’s presence the most and been able to experience his power and glory in full effect. My hopes are that by devoting time alone with him during the quiet days, it will be easier for me to lean on him during the days that are more difficult.

God I pray that you continue to guide me along the road of life. Even when the path is smooth and straight, void of any twists and turns, I pray that You prepare me for the bumps up ahead. I don’t want to get comfortable and complacent. Complacency scares me. I begin to feel like I don’t need you, but I know I do. You are in control, you have made the days, and only you know what lies ahead.

Road trips are fun when taken alone, but are infinitely better with a close friend. God is that close friend. Amen!

photo credit: Ian D. Keating The Scenic Route via photopin (license)

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