Friday, February 9, 2018
Day by Day
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as Scripture says: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him."
The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own', or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life - the life God is sending one day by day. ~C. S. Lewis
The life God is sending day by day by day by day.
This is the real, in real time.
This is up-side-the-head-smack reality. Conceived and prepared by a far-seeing and Holy God.
And our self-centered, myopic vision never sees it coming.
But it arrives . . .
How we deal with the uncomfortable present moments, how we navigate the seemingly insurmountable obstacles, how we play our hand of unfortunate cards, speaks volumes about the health of our spiritual journey.
Am I playing these inconvenient cards well, as the Lord would have me do?
Or am I floundering about in an overwhelming sea of doubt, unwilling to submit my will to His?
Through the interruptions, the upset of the apple cart, the intrusion of needs unforeseen, the tough hand dealt, God shines with His unfailing presence. He grants the grace, the strength, the love, the courage, the perseverance to put our best foot forward as we cling to His Word and His promises.
Until my predictable world is upended, I could not see how God has been readying this path for me.
Accepting adversity. Accepting life as it unfolds. Accepting His will for me.
And becoming, in such unexpected ways, the me He intends me to be.
So, dear friends, when your life is interrupted, and the direction you had in mind is denied, remember that God has a purpose for you. Only for you.
Your real life is His life in you.
Play the hand you're given confidently, day by day, knowing the Lord has your back.
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