Did you ever have one of those mornings?
This should be a fairly manageable day for me. I don’t have any major deadlines hanging over my head (other than Sunday’s sermon, which is a deadline to which I should be fairly accustomed by now). I’m healthy. My family has been blessed. I even got to take a little time off last week, which means that I should be fresh and rested and ready to go.
And yet, life doesn’t feel manageable. New tasks keep cropping up. Progress on various projects hasn’t been coming as readily as I anticipated it would. There are people within my church family with whom I dearly wish to spend some time, so that I can offer encouragement and support. But the pathway to squeezing it all in remains hidden; and as a result, the burden seem heavier than it should on a beautiful spring day like this.
How grateful I am, then, that the very first words in my reading from today’s Daily Office are these:
I love you, LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:1-2)
In days both good and bad — easy and stressful — the LORD remains our Rock. We can always go to Him. We can always trust in Him. And even though this doesn’t mean that life will “magically” turn out the way we hoped it would – or that all of our stresses will disappear, it does mean that He’ll be with us…and that He’ll be faithful…and that He’ll be the sure foundation on which we can build our day.
May the LORD be your Rock today. And may we find within His protection the kind of peace that allows us to love Him and love others with wholehearted abandon.