Daily Devotional July 19, 2021

Shannon’s job is to plant.  My job is to water.  I’m an expert.

I water the garden, potted plants, and flowerbeds like nobody’s business.  It’s the one thing I’m really good at.

Yesterday afternoon, as I watered the potted plants, I noticed a very strange stalk in the middle of the flowers.  That’s when I realized what was going on.  Shannon was growing marijuana.  Before calling the sheriff, I decided it was time for an intervention.

As I explained to Shannon my deep disappointment, how I was sure we could work it out, and how our marriage would survive this terrible tragedy, she laughed and rolled her eyes (which she does a lot), and told me to Google marijuana.  So, I did.

Apparently, I don’t know what marijuana looks like.  I was wrong.  And while I still don’t know what that bizarre weed is, I know it’s not marijuana.  I had made a mistake and accused my innocent wife of being the head of a drug cartel.   This got me thinking.

What makes our marriage work is the fact that Shannon is tolerant, forgiving, and has a sense of humor.  She never lets little things, like her husband accusing her of being a drug runner, get under her skin.  Because of her attitude, our marriage works and I am a blessed man.

While your husband may not accuse you of growing marijuana, more than likely, you will face some unexpected irritation.  It’s what you do with it that will determine if you have a good or bad day.  This is where we can all learn from Shannon.

Whatever it is, let it go. 

Life is too short and precious to waste on the little irritants of life. 

God has big plans for you and none of them have to do with being sidetracked by the insignificant aggravations of life.

So choose to look past the nuisances of the day and see the big picture. 

God loves you.  God has saved you.  God has a plan for your life.  God will bring you home.

Keeping an eye on the big picture allows us to live a life of joy in the midst of the irritants of the day.  It really is the best way  to live.

This is what the wisest of all people meant by saying, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Don’t let the little things cloud your beautiful day.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me always see your big picture.  Please help me see past the irritants of life.  Help me not be an irritant to others.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

You will choose what your day will be.  Choose wisely.

Also, while Shannon may be off the hook for growing marijuana, I still suspicious about that strange stalk in the flowers. 

I wonder what a cocaine plant looks like?  I’ll Google it.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins