Page 281 is a good example of how writing these daily pages can be a useful exercise even if I am the only one who benefits from them. I read a question the other day that went something like this, “Did you really have a bad day or did you have a bad five minutes that you’re holding onto for the whole day?”. My mind seems drawn to holding onto the bad five minutes, or whatever length of time, of the day and forgetting the good the rest of the day held. These daily pages help me to look back on the day and usually see beyond the bad moments — yes, there have been some days when the bad seemed to outweigh any good and finding the good has been extremely difficult, but most days the good isn’t that hard to see if I just look.
My morning began early with the cleaning, building prep, and taking out trash to start the day. Once again the sun was working its way up over the horizon and I was greeted with its great beauty as I took the trash out. There were fewer clouds this morning so it had a very different look than yesterday but it was still a beautiful reminder of God’s creativity. Once the building was ready for the day I did some follow-up with some correspondence from yesterday about having a prayer ministry display at two different camp conferences early next year. Being that the idea for my latest devotional book came from a camp conference early this year, I expect God to use that resource specifically to minister to these two conferences. With that correspondence sent off, I spent some time working on a new display banner, which will highlight the Serving God book, to use at the camp conferences. My next project was spending more time with God in trying to come up with a poem to share. I would have thought that out of over 120 poems that God has already given me to write, surely one of them would be what He would have me to share. While the idea for some of them have been planted in my mind by suggestions or requests from people, they have all just shown up in my mind without my really working on them. In almost every way, this request was different than any other but I really expected God to lead me to one of my existing poems to share — so far that’s not been the case. Because of the situation, the distractions are heavy but I do keep getting short snippets of what I think is coming together in time for Sunday.
By mid-afternoon my mind was tired so I headed out to lunch and made a quick trip to Potato Creek. You could definitely tell the seasons are changing. When I left the building, I was comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt but when I got to the park, it was downright chilly. The air temperature had dropped more than 10 degrees during my 10 minute drive. Not only did it feel like fall, it is beginning to look more and more like fall as additional colors are showing up in the tree line around the lake. It was a peaceful time for a brisk walk and a reminder of God’s presence. When I returned to work for the Friday evening cleaning and getting the building ready for the weekend, there were things on my social media newsfeed that I found very disturbing and inappropriate. Being that their visibility on my newsfeed was because of Christian friends liking and sharing them, I almost let the bad five minutes turn into a bad day. But as I began cleaning and praying and then eventually sat down to right today’s page, God reminded me of the good He had put into the day.
I pray that you and I would understand the difference between a bad day and a bad five minutes. I pray that we would make the most of the opportunities that God gives us. I pray that we would seek God even more diligently when our tasks seem overwhelming. I pray that we would guard the words we use in speech, social media, and other means of communication.