Planned out my day. Knew exactly what needed to get done and how I was going to accomplish it. After all – Hurricane Matthew had passed us by without any real impact (even the 4+ inches of rain has drained away), the sun was out, and the fall temperatures were perfect. I was ready.
The hubby had also planned out his day. The tractor was running and digging into one of my gardens by the time I got my gloves and shovel out the door. It was not the day I planned, and if I didn’t change my plans pretty quickly, chances are that some of my plants might not live to see the spring of 2017. Hmmm….I had a feeling there was a lesson coming.
Sure enough – the second class came shortly after I sat in my comfy chair. I planned out how I would finish up devotions, read the WORD, and get into the hot tub to loosen up those complaining muscles that some how developed during the first class in today’s schooling. It was not long in coming.
Our neighborhood is filled with some 8 year old girls. Said girls have made friends with 8 year old Grand. In walks the neighboring kidlet and plans changed again. Dogs rolled on the floor with her. We talked about her day at school. She picked out her pumpkin from our small garden and began mixing paints. Her purplish, glitter painted pumpkin now sits in the corner of the living room waiting for her to come back tomorrow to add a painted face or pick things out of the “teacher box” to glue one on it.
By this time, I was getting a real hint that there would be a 3rd class. Sure enough, I FINALLY get my devotion opened up and there it sat. “Teach us the number of our days that we may enter the heart of wisdom.”~Ps 90:12 On the surface – I did that. I numbered the hours, set forth a plan for those hours and stepped forth. BUT – there is always more.
In the Hebrew – it says ‘Teach us to Manah our days.’ This word is used also in the book of Jonah where God says, God manahs a fish, a worm, and a wind (Jonah 4). In the original language it means to appoint or prepare. If Jonah had prepared his heart through prayer to accept the new plans that God had laid out before him on each of his days would things have gone differently for him? Would this angry Jonah have turned over his disagreement with God about Ninevah and its people? Would he have understood THEN that grace and forgiveness are such a gift to our day?
In this election year, maybe we need to appoint our days in prayer and remember our efforts as Christians do have a purpose given to our days: Truth and Salt. School done. Class 4 complete.
1942 Daily Rations: Read: St. Luke 14:28-35
“Salt is good; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.’~St. Luke 14:34,35
“A vital Christian Church should have the answer- – -but it must be vital: A Church that stand for worth and rights of the individual, and which creates a real fellowship because of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man; a Church which preaches good news far and wide, and lives it without discrimination against class or race; a Church which has a divinely revealed plan for the whole world and medicine for its sickness, and food for its hunger; above all a Church that so loves truth- – -truth about every area of man’s life- – – that she will take home the unpleasant truth to herself, repent of what is evil and give up practices and positions condemned by truth.
“Salt is good; but…!‘ Jesus was a realist. He demanded the real tang of salt, not the washed-out, tasteless leavings. What a challenge this is to the Church today!
“Prayer: We beseech thee, gracious Lord God, to remember thy servants in all country places who labor to cultivate and make fertile the land. Give them in all times a patient and reverent devotion to their high calling. Strengthen them with hope to meet all the hazards, trials and prostrations of war and weather. Bless their labors with fruitfulness. Refresh their toil with thy goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”