(Tricia Goyer in Glacier National Park.)
Today I was reading in the gospel of John about the crucifixion of Christ. One thing that stood out to me where Jesus' words, "Shall I not drink from the cup God has given me?"
Jesus obeyed God because He desired to do God's will. He took the cup, which included humiliation, pain, anger, lies, and death, and accept it.
As I meditated on Jesus' words, I thought of my own cup. The one God has given me for TODAY.
What is inside? What will my day hold? Whatever it is, I know it's been given to me from God and I can either accept it--understanding that He is a God of love and His will is always perfect--or I can complain, moan, cry and lash out.
Looking through my journal, I can across this quote. It's from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers:
"We can all see God in exceptional things, but it requires the growth of spiritual discipline to see God in every detail. Never believe that the so-called random events of life are anything less that God’s appointed order. Be ready to discover his divine designs anywhere and everywhere."
Okay, I have to admit, this is a hard one for me to grasp sometimes. at 7:30 a.m. After my quiet time when the house is calm and peaceful, it's easy to believe the random events of life are God's appointed order. It's harder to remember at 4:30 p.m. when the kids need my attention, the phone rings for the 50th time that day, the dog is throwing up on my carpet, and I still haven't figured out what's for dinner.
Yet today I'm going to TRY to remember this throughout the day. Maybe I'll use sticky notes or even resort to writing on my hand.
Okay, I've done it. I've written this on my palm: Divine Design. Yeah, I like that.
Now, here is one more quote for the road:
“I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking Him to do His work through me.” ~Hudson Taylor
In what ways will God work through you today? I can't wait to find out.