As I sit here before dawn with coffee in hand I’m acutely aware that by Thursday I’ll know if our oldest son has received his dream job offer or a third rejection. Within the next two months our miracle dog that has battled cancer for three years will likely have passed from this life at a relatively young doggie age, nine years. Meanwhile as of this writing my work has again reach the sanity line, meaning if I take on one more referral or project I risk complete and utter emotional exhaustion. Fortunately, after 30 years I know how to manage that well.
We all journey through life with its joys, sadness, stress, and calm. Most of the time we can’t direct its course. (Our oldest would disagree but he’s only 22). We can however do something well. We can take the time to listen, commit to obedience, wait, wait some more, and then act on what we discern is our Lord’s call at the moment. Likely that call will simply be an attitude taken in the present state.
Our Lord’s Will always begins with love. Love cares for self as His temple and is present for others with humble respect and faithfulness. Love celebrates and comforts as the situation warrants. Love strengthens us to do what we know in our heart is right even if we think it’s “beneath” us. (For instance, prayerfully watching instead of intervening or seeking help when we think we can handle it by ourselves). In essence, doing God’s Will in a given moment helps put the events of this life in perspective. After all life is not about here. It’s about here as it relates to eternity. Once we truly understand that deep down all is well.
“And He put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God.” Psalm 40:3
Picture is my own from November 2014.