Daily Devotional May 18, 2021

Today is a frustrating day because I am supposed to be helping my son-in-law clear a lot for their future home.   We were planning to use chainsaws, a tractor, and mini excavator.  It was going to be every little boy’s  dream come true.

Instead, because of all the rain, the ground is saturated.  What had been on the calendar for months, is not going to happen today.  This got me thinking.

While I am a little disappointed and irritated that we are having to deal with the same amount of rain that Noah did, and my plans to help my son-in-law and play with heavy equipment have been delayed, eventually it will happen.  I just need to see a bigger picture.  There’s no reason to be overly frustrated.  It ‘s the same with life.

In the short term, flooding rains like we are dealing with can be very exasperating, but if we focus a few months down the road, we see that August is coming and that is when we will be very happy God sent the rain.  It’s all a matter of perspective.

So, if you are frustrated by life, remember Paul’s words of comfort: For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.   So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. “ (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

While life in this world is filled with bumps and bruises, it will not last forever.  God’s plan is to bring you home where the momentary afflictions of this life will become nothing but a distant memory.  All you have to do is remember the big picture.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, as I deal with the momentary problems of life, remind me they are just that – momentary.  Help me remember your love is eternal and that one day, you will bring me to my true home.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

I hope your day goes exceedingly well, but if it doesn’t, remember to look at the big picture.  You are going to heaven.  That puts the frustrations of this world in their proper place. 

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins