One day at a time.
It’s really all we’ve ever been given.
One short day at a time.
But when our calendar has been wiped clean
and all future plans have been put on hold,
today suddenly seems bigger,
more worth “not wasting.”
And while the erasing of tomorrow’s plans feels a little scary,
did we ever really hold the pen that wrote in
“be here or there”
“do this or that”
on any given square?
I remember walking to my own calendar the day after our daughter died.
All the things I thought we would do suddenly erased.
Proverbs 19:21 tried to warn me.
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Not that He chooses these tragic times in our lives
these horrific times in history,
but I have to believe He’s not caught by surprise.
He knew our calendars would become meaningless in time.
And somehow I just know He’s working in the midst of all of this.
Bringing good from bad.
Working already to restore what’s being lost.
It faith truly is the evidence of things not seen,
this season is requiring an extra dose of it.
Because 2020 seems anything but clear.
And maybe, just maybe, there’s significance in the fact that THIS YEAR
yet so many of us have lost the ability to see much further than our own front door.
Maybe God is using this time in history to help improve our eyesight.
So we can finally SEE Him for all He is.
The Alpha and Omega.
The Beginning and the End.
The list goes on and on
I wrote once about Joseph facing his brothers after years of separation.
In that writing, I wondered if Joseph had had faith all through those years.
Did he remember his dream as he was sitting in prison
and did he believe that one day it would come true?
Faith hadn’t been mentioned in the pages of the Bible yet,
but Hebrews 11 says Joseph walked by it.
I have to believe he spent many nights praying for the chance to embrace his family again.
And believed it would happen.
When he finally got the chance,
he sat them all down.
But in order of their age.
They had to know something was up,
because they didn’t realize they were in the presence of the very one they had once hated and sold into slavery.
I’m not sure why Joseph drags out the revelation of who he is.
Does he need time to process his emotions?
To be sure of their changed hearts?
It’s one thing to love people.
It’s a whole other thing to believe they love you too.
So the pause button is pushed as Joseph washes away his tears in a private room.
And his brothers wait.
Not knowing what their future holds.
The table was finally set for all things to be made right.
Maybe that’s where we’re at today.
The table has been set.
And we just haven’t realized it yet.
That’s where faith comes in.
And changes everything about this moment
“With faith all things are possible.”
This was true for Joseph before he’d even heard the word.
And it’s true for us today.
Even in our deepest moments of fear and questioning and grief and doubt,
FAITH makes a way for us to live with overflowing hope and joy and peace.
We just have to remember.
Even though our calendars in so many ways have been erased,
faith has set the table.
And we’re all seated here.
And my prayer for each of you today is the same as Paul’s for the church in Ephesus,