It’s easy for me to get wrapped up in all the things I think are going wrong in my life. We recently moved, so we have had to tie up all sorts of loose ends at our old home and set things up in our new home. We have (mostly DH has, bless him) had to make multiple phone calls, e-mails, and a couple of personal visits to get new appliances, transfer utilities, and generally keep things running more-or-less smoothly as we left one address and arrived at another.
But, some things weren’t so smooth. They never are. One thing or another almost always causes a snag in the fabric. I’m a picker by nature. To my detriment, most of the time, I pick at those snags until they develop into full-fledged runs or even tears. Then I’m left with a hole that needs mending on top of everything else.
I was dealing with one of those snags today. At our old address, our mobile phone and internet service were bundled together on one bill. Somehow, in the move, even though we are still using the exact same services, the two became unbundled, and we were left with an unexpected $97 bill due today. Now, did I focus on the positive?
Of course not. I was not pleased that I discovered this issue today, rather than tomorrow or next week when we’d have a late fee due as well. I wasn’t thanking God for providing the money in our checking account this week to cover an extra $97 expenditure without being overdrawn. No, instead I was fussing and fuming about how somebody else screwed up and now we have to clean up the mess. My mind, most assuredly, was on earthly things.
Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil. 3:18b-20, NIV)
How can I be eagerly awaiting You, when all the annoying things going on around me seem to claim so much of my attention? And yet, if You’ll permit me a Martha moment, how will everything get done if I’m focusing on You and ignoring all the dinner preparations? Or maybe, it’s not so much about the doing or not doing … maybe it’s more the attitude I have.
Rather than seeing all of the annoyances, I should be looking for ways to praise You in each and every circumstance in my life. Thank You for bringing this phone issue to my attention today, while we have money in the account, before the bill was past due. In the midst of all this confusion, we have maintained service without interruption. Thank You for that provision. Thank You even that we live in a time and place we can connect to our loved ones by phone and internet. There are many people in the world who never have (had) that luxury.
Help me to keep in perspective the little annoyances of my life. Let me see how much greater You are than any of them, and that I have the amazing freedom to worship You, so matter what else I need to accomplish in my day to keep things running more-or-less smoothly.