I was visiting with a dear friend yesterday. We were leaning over the sink, watching the children and animals run and play. We were talking about how difficult the days were, lamenting over them, really.
I had the thought, ‘what if this IS the way it is supposed to be?
What if this pace, this amount of things getting done in a day, and these things never seeming to get done, the same things happening over and over again—‘what if this is how it’s supposed to be?’
What if I find out twenty years from now, or even on the other side of eternity that the way my days played out, the way the seasons of my life played out were exactly how they were supposed to be?
Imagine the gasp, my hand cupped over my mouth, eyes filling with tears when I realize the hours, the days, the years I longed for my days to be different. You know, more productive, more useful, more organized, more orderly, more ‘whatever’!
What!! Are you serious?! That is how You planned it, and I fought it all those years? I was robbed of the joy and peace that was hidden in the busy, the messy, the often times ugly?
It is a lie, ladies! Today, with it’s often times ugly and busy is full of beauty and grace. Our enemy has us chasing after the ‘perfect’ (or even slightly better would be nice ) day or ‘perfect’ life. You know, the one where everything is the way ‘we’, with our infinite wisdom, think it should be?
But what if we are wrong? What if it is here, in this day—beauty, gift, perfect?
Open our eyes, gracious Father, to the beauty, the perfect, the grace, that You bestow each and every day. Forgive us for not recognizing Your perfect will right before our eyes. Change our hearts, cause our thoughts and desires to line up with Yours. Not my will, but Yours be done.