That’s the exact time on the clock when I began to lose my cool. Despite my best efforts I am already at the end of my patience…and it’s not even 8:00. I checked all the right boxes to “have it together” and already I’m at the end of myself.
Moments like these have become opportunities in our home to turn our eyes upward. Seconds to pause- close my eyes for a moment and fix my eyes not on my own weaknesses or failings but on the the One who is strong, and who promises He is always near.
Standing in the kitchen holding a fussy baby covered in oatmeal and listening to two children argue about how one of them only did 28 minutes of reading instead of the required 30? (Yes, they’re little Pharisees) Perfect chance to close my eyes and pray; “Lord, I’m annoyed. My flesh is tempting me right now to be selfish and resentful. Fix my eyes on you and your promises. You have good for me right now- right in this moment and I don’t want to miss it.”
Loneliness? “Lord, there is no good for me in self-pity and discontentment and I believe that you have great good for me in looking for you when I’m lonely and weary.”
Anxiety? “Father, this feels scary and I want to control things. I know that you are with me in the midst of whatever I walk through and you will give me grace to face whatever lies in my future when I need it.”
Overwhelmed? “Your ways are so much higher than my ways, show me how to order my day”
Our weaknesses are a dead end. If we chase after them and indulge them they will only leave us wanting. But if we use them as chances to turn to the One who is strong- and has promised to never leave us then they are arrows that point us to Him.