This morning as I was stirring and thinking to myself, just a few more minutes, Lord, I heard a word which I tried hard not to hear.  Why is it I thought to myself, does He always pick the times when I am most vulnerable; I just want to rest for a few more minutes.  You don’t have to think any harder than I did.  You might remember when we were kids and our teacher, whoever that might be, would tell us to do something and we really didn’t want to do it, but had to anyway.  This is one of those times.

Life is so busy these days that we never finish our lists even though we are always trying to get to the “ice cream” part where we can cease to think about tomorrow and just relax.  It seems to me that there used to be those times.  I wonder if I am getting old.  Oh well, it’s Your turn, Lord, what would you have me do?  First of all You want me to know that I am greatly loved.  Gee! that’s like starting out with the ice cream cone first.  Then You want me to get busy because our time on this earth is getting shorter and shorter.  I have been feeling that way as I am surrounded by the latest devastating news which has the potential of more suffering than I can comprehend.  Okay, what can I do?

Child, there is one easy answer which I have given to every child of mine who will hear.  First you can fill up your tank with prayer, thanking me for your very life and then listening to My plan for your day.  You can’t see it at the time, but as your prayer reaches My ears and as you seek to hear My voice I will tell you exactly what I have in mind for your day.  It might be hard today and easy tomorrow, but I do have a plan and you are the tool that I need.

Love one another!  Don’t I already do that?  What? I can’t love someone I don’t know, can I?  So I am supposed to diligently watch for those who seem to need a kind word or maybe even a loaf of bread and begin to think differently of how I structure my day.  The things I think I need are not what You have in mind for this day?  Yes, I do remember the story of the good Samaritan.  He was the one who stopped his plan to help someone whose need he saw.  That’s the biggest part of the problem, isn’t it?  We don’t see with the eyes You gave us.  Okay, Lord, I will try to do better.

When this day is finally over I imagine that I will be exhausted but I should have more peace for the day’s end than normal.  Will I get a good grade if I do it Your way, Lord?  What?  I won’t get any grade until my time on this earth is accomplished and I had better be cognizant of that fact if I really want to please the One who put me here.  So what You are saying is that You have shown me the pattern and now it is up to me to fill in the blanks.

Our Father, who art in heaven – you know it is nice to have a Father we can depend on to steer us in the right direction.  I feel really good right now.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper…for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish  (Psalm 1:1-3, 6).

Thank you, Father! 
Can I have some breakfast now?