My friend, may I ask you a question? As you and I go through life, do we often find ourselves trying hard to do the best we can, but failing with tasks that are uncomfortable, even scary at times?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
My son Dan and son-in-law Andy helped me with a big job several years ago. Since my knees weren’t in real good shape at the time (knee replacement still being three years down the road), they volunteered to install a new ridge vent on our house. The job was an arduous one since the pitch on an A-Frame is steep and there isn’t any way of doing the job practically–except by saddling the ridge and pulling yourself along ripping off the old vent and then pulling yourself along again installing and shingling the new vent. Dan has always had a problem with heights, so the job was even more difficult for him. I watched from the ground as he tentatively crawled along the ridge, mindful of the long drop, the tools he was grasping, and the work he had to do. I had done the job a few times over the years and was pretty comfortable up there. He, however, was tentative. I smiled as I watched him inch his way along the ridge knowing he was trying to look confident even when he was a good deal apprehensive about the whole thing.
As you and I go through life, we often find ourselves trying hard to do the best we can with tasks that are uncomfortable, even scary at times. So like Dan we go along tentatively, pacing ourselves based on our fears. How does God view that?
Here’s a thought from Joseph Mazzella: “I was in a local grocery store the other day when suddenly I heard the sound of breaking glass behind me. I turned around to see what had happened. A young mother had turned away from her shopping cart for a second to look in one of the freezers. That second was all it took for her baby boy to test out his newfound ability to grab things from his seat in the cart. Unfortunately, the big jar of spaghetti sauce was more than he could handle. His arms were still outstretched where the jar had been a few seconds before. On the floor below the puddle of red was slowly oozing across the aisle. As I glanced at them, I saw the baby had finally taken his eyes off the shattered jar and looked up at his Mom. Instead of scolding or giving him an angry look she smiled down at him with eyes full of gentle understanding. Her tender gaze never changed not even when a friend gave her some good-natured teasing about the mess. I knew then that this Mom was going to give her son a lifetime full of laughter and love.” (Joseph Mazzella)
I think that God must smile down on us with that same look at times. Often we’re tentative like Dan; and, sometimes as hard as we try, we often make a mess of things too. We want to learn to love others, always displaying the patience and forbearance that true love calls for. Still, we stumble, fall, let important things slip through our fingers, and even break a few hearts along the way. God never gives up on us, however. He forgives us and fills our hearts, souls, and lives with his gentle understanding and unconditional love. May we all learn to love each other as He loves us. May we learn to live our lives in joy, laughter, love, and understanding–always trying our best without expecting perfection, when God is just expecting our sometimes best though tentative efforts despite our fears.
We pray. Heavenly Father, many of the things that we do in life things that we do with a sense of tentativeness. Often that sense causes us to shy away from taking calculated risks or perhaps embarrassing tasks. Forgive us Father when we tie avoidance to our own inability to deal with a tentative spirit. Help us Father to remember that you are watching and you are caring no matter what. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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