Stress got the best of me. It had been a busy week. Nothing had gone the way I had planned – and I was headed for a mini pity-party. To top it off, I could tell I was getting sick. The sore throat, headache, and exhaustion couldn’t be ignored. I needed a nap.
I woke up with the same symptoms I had when I laid down. Discouraged, I headed downstairs for a glass of water. A fluttering at the door caught my attention. A tiny hummingbird – the first I had seen all year - flitted from one side of the door to the other.
As I watched the little creature, another animal moved in the distance. A doe and her two fawns had stopped to do a bit of grazing at the end of our driveway. In spite of how I felt, I was reminded of God’s goodness:
Thou art good, and doest good, teach me thy statutes. Psalm 119:68; KJV
It was just like my Heavenly Father to orchestrate a small display of His glory through His creation to bring a smile to my face. In just a couple minutes my thoughts shifted from a self-focus to a God-focus. I was encouraged by the reality that God cares (click to tweet).
He wants me to share everything with Him. Even the seemingly insignificant and small things that bother me are of importance to Him:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7
And yes, He also wants me to recognize and repent of sin in my life. To be honest, my attitude as I headed down the stairs wasn’t right. I was consumed with self: angry that things hadn’t gone my way, feeling sorry for myself because I was getting sick, and genuinely surprised that I was struggling with pride.
The beautiful thing? God was ready to forgive and extend His grace when I repented and asked forgiveness.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 1 Peter 5:8
Are you in the middle of a pity-party? Don’t hesitate to talk it over with the Lord. What step will you take to draw close to Him today?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for caring for me even when I’m ‘unlovely.’ Help me share my disappointments and failures with You. Point out my sin and help me be quick to repent and ask forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Maria I. Morgan in an inspirational writer and speaker. She is the award-winning author of Louie's BIG day! Regardless of the age of her audience, her goal is the same: to share God's truth and make an eternal difference.
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October 2015 - Louie & the Leaf Pile (the 2nd in the Louie the Lawnmower series for children)
November 2015 - Outrageously Fruitful (a 10-week Bible study for women on the fruit of the Spirit)
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