Even though I shouldn’t be, I’m always amazed at how my days never turn out the way that I expect. Take today for instance. The only thing I had on my “to do” list today was to work on my sermon for this coming Sunday. It is now 5:03 PM and I have not spent one minute on my sermon!
Trust me; I have not frittered away my day playing solitaire on the computer or surfing the Internet. I have kept busy all day; emails, phone calls (I now have two funerals to officiate this coming Saturday), a few impromptu meetings, some reading and prayer, and now preparing for two meetings tonight. But, no sermon preparation! Like I said, I shouldn’t be surprised.
I know you can relate. So often our good intentions don’t amount to a hill of beans! That is true more often than not. That is why I think that our attitude is really important, especially as followers of Christ. I think James gave us some great advice when he wrote:
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13 – 15)
“If it is the Lord’s will”, is the operative phrase. I need to remind myself that I must commit each day to the Lord. I must trust that he is in control, so that once I commit my schedule to him, he is in charge. That means I need to be flexible. I need to be sure I don’t cop an attitude when things don’t go as planned. I need to just roll with it and see where God takes me on any given day. He knows what I need to get done and that doesn’t always match with what I think needs to get done. That means I need to trust him. Does he really know better than me?
So, how has your day been? I hope you’ll join me in seeking to trust God with the old, unpredictable daily schedule. I think James probably knew what he was talking about.