I woke up this morning – with this thought on my mind. ‘Call on me in prayer and I will answer you. I will show you great and mysterious things which you still do not know about.’ Jeremiah 33:3 I knew instantly the source of that verse and why it woke me up. Last night, instead of reading before I drifted off to sleep, I was reviewing everything I meant to do – but didn’t – on Thursday. And Friday was a repeat of Thursday. Amazingly, distractions weren’t part of the formula this time, but oh my goodness the interruptions. Today I need a do-over of Friday’s do-over of Thursday only, without the interruptions. I’m blaming Jonah because back in January our Bible Study was on his life interrupted. Well I’m not expecting God to bounce me into the belly of a fish, but He has a few things to tell me as this day begins – distractions, interruptions and, well, whatever. Priorities first.
Philippians 2:14-16 Do everything without grumbling or complaining, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the word of life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.
Today is a gift – John 9:4 We must perform the deeds of the one who sent me as long as it is daytime. Night is coming when no one can work.
Every minute that passes is a minute I can’t get back – James 4:14 You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes.
It’s tough to stay on track but I will be sorry at the end of the day if I was a poor steward of my time. Deuteronomy 5:32 So be very careful to act exactly as God commands you. Don’t veer off to the right or the left. Walk straight down the road God commands.
This morning I already know I will be tempted to go to the left when the track is straight ahead right up the mountain. If you’ve ever watched a mountain climber, you know their task is laborious and achieved one incremental foothold at a time. That’s a little bit like our lives, isn’t it? We have this mountain to climb which from a distance, looks like a walk up the trail, when in fact, with every step we have to re-center, assess, strategize, and step again. Don’t try this alone.
Mark 11:22-23 Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, if someone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
I’m going to escape to my list now and get started. I can cross one thing off my list already – Quiet Time with the Master and what next? Where will my foothold rest?
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people.
Shake by Mercy Me – Let’s get out there!
Interruption or Divine Intervention from Jonah Bible study by Priscilla Shirer