Have you ever had a perfect day? Some days are pretty amazing.
On the other hand, have you ever wished your circumstances were different?
During the hardest times in our lives, we would give almost anything to make instant changes. Oh, if things could just be different!
If they were, what would we do differently?
~work more effectively?
~mend relationships instantly?
~emulate someone honorable?
~live on the beach?
~use our time more wisely?
~avoid that nagging problem?
~live more purposefully?
~earn more money?
~find a less stressful job?
~unload that burden?
~have another baby?
~heal our cancer?
~heal our broken hearts?
~find a more understanding boss?
~avoid waiting so long?
~just find an easier life?
the list goes on…
Often change is possible. However, sometimes it is not possible. During the hardest times in my life, I could not change my circumstances. As trying as they were, I faced walking through them as they were.
Some things in life we cannot change no matter how much we wish. And we may spend inordinate amounts of time and energy rearranging our circumstances and find them still failing or falling short of our expectations.
We can change only some things. After that we must learn to accept the changes we cannot make.
Sometimes accepting circumstances as they are is a challenge. Choosing to think of the unchangeable circumstances in a different way can help us to accept them.
Making possible changes and then accepting the unchangeable are desirable goals for us all. But in those goals we are still depending on unpredictable circumstances for stability.
The truth is that circumstances cannot provide stability for us because they are unpredictable by nature. Unpredictable circumstances necessarily point to Someone who operates independently of circumstances. That independent and unchanging light and life is Christ. We can change and arrange circumstances, but circumstances cannot provide us with Life. Life is found only in Christ.
Regardless of our circumstances, we can choose to live in the light of eternity.
Regardless of our circumstances, the peace and satisfaction that come from knowing Christ and resting in His finished work outweigh anything this world can offer.
Regardless of our circumstances, taking the time and focus to follow His leading (as best we know it)…in light of eternity can make every day a perfect day.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: “Seek me and live;
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,[c] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”