DayBreaks for 12/19/12 – God and My Day

DayBreaks for 12/19/12 – God and My Day

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Ever have one of those days when ABSOLUTELY nothing goes according to plan and you are frustrated and maybe upset with God (and the rest of the world) because of either what did, or didn’t happen?  I had one of those days today.  How timely that it showed up on Facebook (I don’t know who wrote it), but it was a perfect fit for my situation today, and perhaps for you, too!

Me: God, can I ask You a question?

God: Sure

Me: Promise You won’t get mad

God: I promise

Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do u mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait

God: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call

God: All right

Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one
of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that

Me (humbled): OH

GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.

Me (embarrassed):Okay

God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m Sorry God

God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things , the Good & the bad.

Me: I will trust You.

God: And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.

Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.

God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children…

PRAYER: I am so self-centered, God, thinking that the cosmos revolves around me and what happens to ME on this single day!  Remind me that You are a big, busy God, infinitely wise, knowing the ending from the beginning, and that as far as You are concerned, the cosmos does revolve around me because of Your great love for me and for all Your other children, too!  In Your name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/09/12 – There Is No Such Thing, Trust #13

DayBreaks for 01/09/12 – There Is No Such Thing, Trust #13

I find myself right now in situations that are stretching my faith and trust in God and His plan.  As a result, I’m resuming the rest of a series (this message plus 3 more) on DayBreaks messages I did a little over 10 years ago on the topic of trust.  I hope you’ll not only join me on the rest of this journey, but pray for me as well!  Thank you! – Galen

From Ruthless Trust, by Brennan Manning: “Fourteenth-century theologian John Tauler prayed for eight years that God would send him a person who would teach him the true way of perfection.  One day, while at prayer, he heard a voice from within telling him to go outside to the steps of the church, and there he would meet his mentor.  He obeyed without hesitation.  On the church steps Tauler found a barefoot ragamuffin in rags, wounded and caked in blood.

“Tauler greeted the man cordially: ‘Good morning, dear brother.  May God give you a good day and grant you a happy life.’

Sir,” replied the ragamuffin, “I do not remember ever having had a bad day.”

“Stunned, Tauler asked him how that was possible, since sadness and grief are part of the human condition.

“The beggar explained, ‘You wished me a good day, and I replied that I cannot recall ever having spent a bad day.  You see, whether my stomach is full or I am famished with hunger, I praise God equally; when I am rebuffed and despised, I still thank God.  My trust in God’s providence and his plan for my life is absolute, so there is no such thing as a bad day…My experience of God has taught me that whatever He does must of necessity be good.”

This beggar had learned the simple truth that came with trust.  It was recorded for our benefit in I Thessalonians 5:18 where we are told that “…in all things, give thanks…”.  You can’t do that unless first you trust.

No job is easy.  Some are hard physically, some mentally, some emotionally and spiritually.  At times, every job incorporates some, if not all, of those things.  I confess – I sometimes complain about it.  I have participated about jokes about bad days in the office, and when I see a bumper sticker about how the worst day fishing is better than the best day working – I shout a loud, “AMEN!”.  My desktop on my PC is a picture of a helicopter hovering over the water by the Golden Gate bridge.  There is a ladder that reaches down to recover divers and there are a couple divers in the water and one on the ladder.  A large shark is leaping out of the water at the diver on the ladder.  It’s a faked picture, but it was sent to me by a friend to remind me that my bad days in the office aren’t as bad as they could be!  Yet I still complain.  And that reveals both my human weaknesses and my lack of trust.

Babatunde Olatunji wrote: “Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  Today is a gift.  That’s why it is called ‘the present’.  What are you doing with the present God gave you today?”

God has entrusted this day to me.  Am I willing to entrust this day and whatever it brings to the One who gave it to me?  Are you?  Surrender this day – this one day for it is all you have – and everything it holds to Him.  Let tomorrow’s mystery be revealed tomorrow.  Surrender and trust start this instant.

PRAYER: Father, how hard it is to leave tomorrow to tomorrow and to live in the present, fully alive and full of praise for each and every glorious moment of knowing you and living in your Presence!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 02/24/11 – Just Today

DayBreaks 02/24/11 – Just Today

 

Just today...one day at a time...

Tony Campolo wrote: “At Eastern University, where I taught for so many years, I would constantly encounter students who would ask a simple question: How can I know what God wants me to do with my life? What a question! But I could never answer the question because I’m not sure that Jesus wants us to look that far ahead. I’m convinced that what Jesus calls us to do is to solve this problem: What should I be doing today? He says quite pointedly, “Take no thought for tomorrow what ye shall eat, what ye shall drink. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

“Are you going to do what God wants you to do today? That’s the ultimate question. Everyday you should get up and say, “This is the day that the Lord has made. What does God want me to do? What does God want me to achieve this day?”

 

Galen’s thoughts: it’s interesting to me how we wonder so much about the future and what we will do if this or that were to happen.  We’ll create and play out scenarios in our minds, trying to envision and plan for all possible deviations and contingencies.  I suppose we do it because it makes us think we have control over the situation and the future.  I believe what Jesus was trying to tell us in the passage that Campolo quoted in the first paragraph was simply this: if we are paying enough attention to today and all the opportunities and possibilities to serve Him and others, we won’t have time enough to worry about what comes next.  Perhaps we would see far more opportunities to be useful in the Kingdom this day if we weren’t thinking so much about the next.

PRAYER: May we see each opportunity for serving You today and be fully engaged in them while we trust You for what will come tomorrow!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2011, Galen C. Dalrymple  ><}}}”>

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