This morning as I started a new day and a new week, you were on my mind. I don’t know what it’s like at your house, but Monday can be a little overwhelming for me. Looking at the week ahead with a calendar crowded by penciled in deadlines and appointments, my attention darts from one thing to another. Mondays have a tendency to convince me I have A.D.D.
Let me add that to my calendar: call Dr. about possible need for A.D.D. medication.
My heart knows it’s time to settle down with Jesus. I ask Him to gather up my thoughts. Narrow my focus, centering my attention on Him and what He has for me today. Immediately I am reminded of wise advice from Jesus’ friend Matthew:
One thing at a time. I hear the Holy Spirit whisper. “Renee, Renee, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.”(Luke 10:42) Entangled by my many things, yet I know I have a choice. I can choose like Mary – the One thing that will not be taken away.
I can choose like Mary, to set aside my list,
so I can listen to Jesus.
I can choose like Mary, to surrendered my “to-dos”
so I have time to just “be.”
I can choose like Mary, to worship instead of worry.
So in this moment, I choose. I choose my One thing. I choose to sit with Jesus. I chose to give my entire attention to Him. It’s one thing that cannot be taken away…unless I give it away to worries and whims.
Jesus, I choose You. Thank You that what I gain in Your presence and through Your perspective cannot be taken away. I give my entire attention to what you are doing right now. Watching over me, listening to my heart, caring for my concerns while also ruling the world. Bringing salvation to those who seek You. Healing. Loving. Leading. Orchestrating the coming and going of oceans tides; the rising of the sun and setting of the moon. Knowing my coming and my going, as well.
I trust Your sovereignty over my activity. I worship (focus on and am fully devoted to) You and You alone. Although I’m tempted to rush into my day and get a lot done, I lay my plans before you and ask for Yours. Although I have a long list of appointments to schedule and calls to make, I will be still and know that You are God.
Help me Holy Spirit to not get worked up about the limits of my time. I’m so thankful Your mercy is new every morning and great is Your faithfulness. You have apportioned me with the exact grace and time I need to do what You assigned for me this day. Tomorrow brings it’s own concerns but also more space and time. Help me to love and live well in the moments you have made for me this Monday. In Your powerful Name I pray, Amen.