This past Monday began as it normally does, and then...it fell apart...totally fell apart. It became a day I'd like to rewrite...one of those do-over days. One thing led to another and at the end of my day, I was a teary-eyed mess.
Have you ever had a day you wish you could rewrite the way you would like it to REALLY happen? My version would involve truth and no one's feelings would ever get hurt. My children would rise and call me blessed. The pantry would miraculously be filled and supper would be on the table at the end of a long day of writing my next best selling book. And my husband would send me off to the beach for a month long writing sabbatical in a secluded little cottage near the water. Chocolate and lattes would magically appear at just the right time.
But life isn't a fairy tale and we mess up. We hurt people and people hurt us. We live one moment, one breath at a time. We say we're sorry and lament over the wrong done to us and then we lay our head on our pillow...
For God's mercy is new every morning. Just as the sun rose on Tuesday morning, I had...we all had an opportunity, if we took a breath, for a do-over...another day to start fresh, to put one foot in front of the other and go about the tasks we're called to do.
I was still licking my wounds on Wednesday morning, feeling quite sorry for myself, when I was drawn to read of Stephen and James' (the half brother of Jesus), deaths. They died martyrs. And it wasn't pretty, I might add. They were both stoned. I hung my head in shame. I've let two days escape me while I wallowed in self pity. Lesson learned.
What are you wrestling with today? Is it a person? An issue that won't resolve itself? Today is the day for a rewrite...a do-over. Don't waste precious time like me wallowing when you can be the author of your best story yet. Or better still...let Him write the ending. He's a much better Author and Finisher of our faith.
Remember...new mercies! That's my rewrite!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
Blessings from My Little Corner,
P.S. I have a close family member who has recently been diagnosed with an illness. I would appreciate prayer for her. Thanks so much!