Yesterday, my morning did not start out well. My son needed a check for school and I realized I had none in the check book. So, I went to the safe to get another book. I hate that safe. It never opens for me. But I was determined to open that little door. After 20 minutes of struggling with it, it still did not unlock. I was to the point of tears being frustrated beyond belief.
I sent my boy to school without the check, fussed at my girl and went to take my quiet time. I was so upset and disgusted and aggravated. But I sat down to read and pray. As I read through Ephesians, my heart began to calm down. My frustration turned to determination. And my outlook began to brighten. I was not going to let a safe ruin my day.
Sometimes we try to open a door that simply won’t unlock. We try and try and try only to be frustrated in our attempts. We cry and ask why? We walk around in a bad mood. We snap at others all because we have tried to get something and it didn’t work out. I know this may sound ridiculous, but if God wanted that stupid safe to open it would have.
It’s easy to be in a good mood when things are going well. The bills are paid. The kids are not sick. The family is doing well and we get comfortable. But every once in a while, things get a little rough. There is an obstacle or a frustration and it ruins us. Our attitude becomes sour and our hearts grow hard. This morning I read this scripture.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians3:14-19 NIV)
Sometimes we simply need a reminder that we are loved. That doesn’t mean we get everything we want. It doesn’t mean every door we knock on will open. And it doesn’t mean life will be easy. It simply means we are loved with no strings attached. We can’t earn it. We can’t lose it. We can’t change it. We are deeply loved.
This is my 500th post on this blog. I don’t think I expected to still be writing 2 ½ years later. But here I am. Every time I want to quit, someone encourages me or God gives me more material. Mainly, I continue to blog because I want to share with others the love of Christ. I want discouraged people to know God has not forgotten about them. I want lonely people to know God is with them. I want people who have messed up to know they are in good company. And I want each and every person to “know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge” and “be filled up with all the fullness of God”