It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Though circumstances remain the same, the climate within my soul can go up and down like a carnival ride. I can be experiencing closeness to God and living in peace one day, then feel like I am going to fall flat on my face the next. How can the same girl with the same circumstances experience life so differently from one day to another? Let’s say on Monday I am ready to handle anything. Offend me? no problem, I’m grounded today so go ahead and I will love you back. Bad news? a bummer but still no problem because my focus is rooted and secured today, and I will live out this day believing God no matter what my circumstances are screaming at me. But then comes Tuesday…
What on earth can happen between nighty night and the next morning? I’m often not sure, but it is amazing how quickly focus can shift and peace can be lost. It’s not that I become a wreck, it’s just that my heart is not as quiet and at peace as it was yesterday. Offend me? I strike back and hate myself afterwards. Bad news? I hear it through the negative lens of Chicken Little and”the sky is falling”.
But the truth is, nothing is different between the two days. Circumstances remained the same, the sun rose like yesterday, the schedule awaits me like yesterday and my coffee was even as yummy as yesterday. What happened? Focus is robbed because it must be secured each new day.
Just as I wouldn’t think of leaving my house without clothes…when will I finally get that I must not step too far into any given day without being clothed in connection to Jesus, to prayer and to the subsequent focus that connection with Jesus brings.
This Christian walk is a journey into growth. None of us will ever arrive. Darn! I am an achiever so I really used to hope I would arrive some day, get it together, understand in full. But, things of the Spirit are unfathomable to our human understanding. Each day is an opportunity for me to connect with Jesus again. I can not live off of yesterdays connection, or I will have no power for today.
What if today I could dry my hair today but tomorrow we had a power outage? The same hairdryer would not do the same thing. Without power it would be void of the power needed to complete its job. Same here. Without connection to the power of God’s Spirit each and every single day, I live devoid of power. Unable to deal today with the things I so easily dealt with yesterday. Similarly without living focused upward, I am tempted to spiral down today.
Want a better life? Desire an experience with God? Connect. Plug in. Pray. Look Up!
“People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the LORD GOD you have a sure thing.” Isaiah 26:3 The Message
You and I don’t have to figure life out. We don’t have to know all the answers, but we get the privilege of connecting with Jesus, one day at a time. As we do this one basic thing, moving towards the Father, looking up instead of being stuck in our self or circumstances, we will experience a peace and get off the roller coaster of emotional response.
Connecting today and praying you do too!