The alarm clock rang early on page 324 as it was back to the usual weekday routine following the long days of ICOM. I suppose it was influenced by yesterday’s photos that I went through last night, but the soundtrack for this morning was a song that says “Mercy is falling, is falling, is falling. Mercy is falling like the sweet spring rain!” Much of my prayer time was focused on God’s mercy as I went about the morning prayer, cleaning, and building prep tasks. With God’s mercies being supplied new every morning, there is plenty to pray about and be thankful for.
Once the building was ready for the day and the trash taken out, I turned my attention to writing yesterday’s page. With the long days of the conference and then the trip home yesterday, I made it through the photos I had taken but had called it a day and went to bed before writing the page. After writing yesterday’s page, I turned my attention to the prayer guide for next week. With the theme of last week’s missions conference being “Together”, I thought that was the direction I would be heading as I spent time with God praying about this next topic. However, as I prayed and even looked at possible daily topics under that theme, I didn’t feel comfortable going forward with it at this time. As I spent time praying about today’s topic of giving thanks for God’s righteousness, I began to consider what things produce thankfulness as well as what is produced by thankfulness. One of the words that kept coming to mind in both of those categories was the word contentment. And so it wasn’t long before I was praying about, and writing, about being content.
By the time the prayer guide was written, and then formatted and scheduled to be published Sunday morning, the morning had turned into afternoon. I did some follow-up on some messages left while I was gone and then unloaded all of the display materials and books from my truck. As I put the boxes in my office, I did inventory and made a list of how many of each book title I currently have on hand. This should be helpful as I look ahead to the next opportunity to represent the prayer ministry and share the resources God has given me to write. By mid-afternoon I had put in a full day and it was time to head home. After relaxing for a time, I sat down and began writing today’s page in order to get it completed in time to head to bed early tonight.
With no new photos taken today, today’s photo is one from my trip home yesterday as I stopped at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois. It was the waterfalls at this park that I think planted this morning’s soundtrack of God’s mercy falling all over me. Not only was the setting beautiful, the canyon amplified the sound of the falling water which added to the peaceful setting.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- A break in routine is good but sometimes the break makes a return to the routine somewhat difficult.
- God’s mercies are supplied new each morning because we need them each day.
- Just as it is hard to walk through a spring rain without getting wet, it is impossible to avoid getting through life successfully without God’s mercy falling upon you.
- While it is okay to test and push your limits from time to time, it is good to know when to simply stop and rest.
- Just because you have what seems like a good idea, you should never stop seeking God and listening to Him.
- It is pretty difficult, if not impossible, to be thankful without learning contentment or to be content without practicing thankfulness.
- It is helpful to know what you have if you want to figure out what you need.
- I find reminders of God’s love and mercy all around me when I pay attention.