Monday, March 27, 2000

Hebrews 12:12-13 – Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. (NIV)

Last evening at the dinner table I managed to break a piece off one of my teeth. It was a substantial piece, and came from one of the front ones, so I know it has to be fixed. I have done everything from emptying the dishwasher and putting things away to bringing the recycling box into the house. In other words, I am putting off going to the dentist. I had a lot of things I would rather do.

This is one thing that makes me feel the uncertainty and frailty of our human life. Though this is really a simple example, it was not something I had planned nor is it something I am looking forward to.

God often steps into our lives and changes our plans. When we think about it, we live the life God has planned for us. Sometimes it is not so pleasant as it is at other times. There are times He gives us a challenge to change our lives completely.

Well, I have stalled long enough. I must go to the dentist — and will continue when I get back —

I am back, with nothing but an appointment — for the end of next week.

What can we learn from this? We know not what any day holds for us. We never know what is around the corner. Therefore, if we would put our trust in God, and in our human frailty would surrender to Him, we would save a lot of worry and frustration. Let God find us simply trusting, one day at a time, fearing nothing, for He is with us in both the smallest and the most difficult times of our lives.

The lesson: stop stalling around, stride out (with God!) and make the best of each and every day.

Psalm 118:24 – This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive us for our human frailty. Help us to trust in every phase of our lives here on earth. Let us look to You and smile at how foolish we are sometimes. Let us rejoice and be glad. For this is the day You have made. Amen.

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