Daily Devotion for May 10, 2017

'Almost Ruined Day...'

Colossians 3:23-24 NLT
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

Confession: I almost ruined my day today...

This morning I have to take my kids to Modesto to take their finals...so that means I have to get a LOT done in very little time. Since I have to drive, I need Gloria (our van). Anytime I need Gloria (the vehicle my husband drives to work every day), he is supposed to bike the whopping 1 and ½ miles to work (it's an 8 minute ride on flat terrain—super easy. Biking only takes 3 minutes longer than driving). Truthfully, however, my husband hates any form of exercise these days, so he always asks for a ride if I'm around. Since I knew I would be pressed for time today, however, last night I reminded him that he would have to bike...

Still, while I was praying this morning, he asked for a ride...

So I didn't say anything right away when he asked (because I was praying, “Really? Are you kidding me, Lord? Can't he just bike the easy 8 minute ride?”). I sighed as I reminded my husband that I had just started my Bible study, I hadn't figured out the devotional yet, and that I had to get the kids ready...but he already knew this. He responded by mumbling something about the time...because he was already running late. The point was this: I'd have to drive him...

Though he was just getting out of bed, I grabbed my purse, my keys, and went to sit in the car with the engine on. As I sat, steam poured out my ears—I was so ANGRY!!! How badly I wanted to let my husband verbally have it! I knew I had a choice to make—I could decide to go to war and spew all the things I wanted to say when he got to the car (things that guaranteed I would ruin both our days), or I could surrender to the Lord...

I chose to surrender (by God's grace). Right then I started begging God to change my heart because I was so mad. Immediately, something crazy happened: I was overwhelmed with love for the Lord. Moreover, I was overwhelmed with desire to do ANYTHING the Lord wanted me to do—because everything I did I did for Him—which included the inconvenient driving of my husband, again...

So war was not raged (praise the Lord!). Matter of fact, I didn't even explode when my husband lovingly suggested (as I took 10 minutes out of my busy morning to take him to work) that I depart for the kids' school 10 minutes earlier than I had planned (You see the irony, right?). Here's the really cool thing, though: on the way home, I suddenly remembered it was my daughter's birthday and that she loved doughnuts. Moreover, as I bought the birthday girl doughnuts, I realized I was living today's devotional (which I had been worried about!) What a lesson for me...for us all, folks:

In surrendering to the Lord, in choosing to do (what we don't want to do) for Him, He miraculously causes everything to “work together for” our good...

Heavenly Father, my prayer today, as I head off to Modesto, is this: HELP US BELIEVERS TO REMEMBER 1) to SURRENDER to You, 2) to do whatever we have to do for YOU, and 3) to KNOW You will miraculously cause everything to “work together” for the good of those who love You...those who are surrendered to You and doing for You out of love for You! I ask this in Your Son's name, Lord (and I thank You so much for so wonderfully changing the direction of my day!)...

AMEN!!!

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