I opened my planner this morning to find a blank week.
Not that I have a week free of all to-do’s and obligations. I was (ironically) too busy yesterday to sit down, look at the coming week, and fill in the rehearsals, practices, lessons, meetings, and to-do’s.
I had just opened my journal and written…We moved over the weekend. And while I’m glad and thankful, I sit here completely overwhelmed. The house needs organized – the old one needs cleaned. I need to grade and plan…and Lord…
Distracted, I stopped writing in my journal and reached for my planner in hopes of …well, planning. How in the world I will get this done? How I will juggle and balance this week while milling through boxes (do you know me? disorganization makes me very un-Jesus like), running errands and kiddos, planning, grading…just ick. I know, what a whiner – and I felt like one.
A plan, I thought.
Planner opened and pen poised, I stare down at this page…
and all I can write is this: I am glad to turn a page – for a fresh week.
I hear: My mercies are new every morning, child. (Lamentations 3:23)
And I add: Your mercies are new every week (or minute or hour) too.
And I know: No matter how hard I (in all my strength that never works) try, this week shall pass. This season will pass. And someday, I will pass.
That’s reality, right?
You and me – no matter how full our calendars are or how organized our home is…we will pass. And if God chooses my passing to be THIS day, then the boxes will go unpacked and the planner unfilled – and I doubt anyone will care about boxes and plans. Perspective, huh?
So, as a new week begins – one full of both knowns and unknowns. One full of wonder and work – organization and obligation – may we remember…
He has so much more for us than lists and errands. (Talking to myself here.)
People are more important than plans – or to-do’s- or clean houses. (Self, are you getting this?)
While this is a message I’ve shared more than once, and one you’ve read more than once, I am thankful for the reminder this morning from a loving God that this is the day He has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
Let us consider it pure joy – not “feel” it pure joy. But an obedient act of consideration – a choice I make for JOY today. (James 1:2)
Let us give it to Him -whatever “it” is – whatever we have to offer…
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around-life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it…Romans 12:1-2 from The Message (thanks to my She Reads Truth app:)
So let’s have a week – or a day (maybe minute by minute) - in which we take this ordinary life – the dropping off and the picking up. The cleaning and the cooking, The messy and the mundane. The awesome and the awful. The to-dos and the ta-das and place them at His feet. As an offering – you’re offering. And allow Him to speak in to ALL of it.
It’s a new week and a new month – and a new season is just around the corner! May we take a deep breath today and thank the One who makes ALL things new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Happy Monday! (I think