Time in His Word 11-6-17

Time in His Word- 11-6-17

Often, I find I have run out of time to complete a task. I realize that I have either misjudged or moved to slow while completing what needed to be done. When this happens, I have a couple of choices; I can stress, or I can choose to be blessed. The following scripture came to me right when I needed it today, though I did not know it when I first read it it became evident as I experienced my day.

Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  
Colossians 4:4-6 
I love how God brings the Word to us just in the right timing! 
One such moment began today as I was heading out to go to Jury duty. First I had forgotten about it until two hours before I was due to check in.
Stress happened!
I reacted first in a rushed manner running back to my room to get ready to leave the house; my plans had been working on things at home including writing, cleaning, laundry and possibly some yard work. For the time being my mind had been on rest and wait mode. I had done some chores and was ready to do the rest but had the reminder in my head, thank you Holy Spirit, that I had to get going to Jury Duty.

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools but those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:15-17

So, I ran around calling out that I needed to get there within an hour and that gave me down to fifteen minutes to get ready. Needless to say, I did not do a top-notch job. 
I was ready in time and To my joy I found my sweet daughter had programmed my phone g.p.s to the location I needed to find and all I had to do was push “start”.  She said I had enough time to get there, no problem. She was peace exemplified a gift from God at just the right moment. 
I still chose to stress as I loaded my computer so I could write, my everything, I grabbed a cup of coffee I had just filled, changed its cup to a travel mug and headed out the door opening the car door tossing in my ‘stuff’ I realized my Jury card and phone were on the counter next to the coffee!

I rushed back for them and tried to grab my glasses, my eyes don’t always see well but for the most part they are fine. I ran back out and drove away. We already knew there would be a backup and Miresa had given me a backup road to drive.
Though I used wisdom in directions I still knew I would end up behind a pile up at least once. The phone kept talking to me as I drove on. Turn this way at this ramp, do this at the other and I made it to the final freeway.
After a few minutes I got my heart racing again with fear. Of course, this was after I nearly got sandwiched between a suburban and a Mack truck, But then I thanked God for the space I was given to fit the little car into safely. I knew even though I was going to be obviously a few minutes late that it did not matter as long as I did the correct turns, the correct laws and speeds as much as traffic allowed I would get there.

I also felt the peace of God sneak in as I figured out that I was not the one in control of my day. He was. 

Teach s to realize the brevity of life, that we may grow in wisdom. Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
 Psalm 90:12&14. 

I started to sing praise songs. Random ones from long ago, and some from recent days in church. I found joy in my driving, even when the phone tried to make me take the wrong exit once. I just laughed and continued with the original plan.

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26:3-4

As I exited the freeway finally I realized I had been here before I was almost calm as I turned the left turn without a light in light to moderate traffic. No fear, just peace as I found the place to turn around and park. I could also relish a little later when I found out I parked in the right place and some did not. I found it! I was really not ready for my day this morning but God was ready for it all along! I am excited to see what comes next!

 Will I get to be on a jury? Or will I get sent home to fight the traffic again tomorrow? Whatever happens I know my God will guide me like a g.p.s. through it to the other end of the road!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for providing my daughter to set me up this morning ready to go. Thank you that she was my voice of peace sent straight from You. Help us all to focus on your Word today and to follow the guidance it brings; In Jesus name, amen.

Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:1-21, Colossians 4:1-18, Psalm 90:1-17 and  Ephesians 5:1-33.