I started last week with great enthusiasm. I got out my garden tools and set about the task of pruning some dead branches. In my enthusiasm, I pulled one back that had no intention of leaving its home, so it whacked me in the face. I saw stars immediately and thought it was curtains for me. The result was a huge shiner which is still visible.
Later in the week, while taking a bath, I reached for a wash cloth I’d left behind. As I sat back down, the non-skid mat slid from under me and a slipped back into the water, knocking my already bruised head against the ceramic soap dish. A huge bump ensued and again I thought this was my final swan song.
We often have days like that, which generally fall into the Murphy’s Law category. As we age, the odds get even stronger. Every mishap is deemed a lack of control and a sign of growing older.
I forget simple things, especially when trying to multi-task, which I wasn’t particularly good at in the first place. I leave one room on a quest for something and by the time I reach the next room, I’ve totally forgotten what I was going for. Maybe it has something to do with all the head banging I’ve been inflicting on myself.
Every day is really a do over for most of us. The start of a new week, gives us impetus to start over. We think about starting a new diet – notice I said “think.” We plan to change our attitudes. We strive to do better in school or in our jobs.
God has given us a second chance. He gave it to us in the form of His only begotten Son, Jesus. By paying the complete ransom for our sins, we now have a fresh start. We can be confident that our fate is sealed – our sins forgiven – eternal life awaits. The do over was done once for every human being. Hang onto that good news and move into this week with new gusto. God has watered the desert of our hearts with living water. Time to quench your thirst and move on.
As you enter this new week, remember that He did this once for all. The work is done and no matter how we goof up, He will always love us unconditionally.