By Vera Entwistle of Eugene, OR, USA
The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. —Psalm 7:8, 17 NRSV
I love to bake. When I am in an organized mood, I take a moment to put on my apron. I take out all the ingredients and utensils I will need and line them up on my kitchen counter. Often, as I review my ingredients, I realize I have enough for two pies! What a bonus!
My baking goes smoothly, and I clean up as I go. While the pies are in the oven, I make a cup of tea and enjoy the aroma permeating my kitchen. So far…so good.
On my unorganized days, I just want to get things done in a hurry. I don’t take time to don my apron or line up my ingredients and utensils. I end up with flour on my clothes, on the refrigerator door, and on cupboard and drawer handles as I carelessly grab for something else I need.
The result may be the same tasty goodies, but then I have to take more time to clean up the mess I made.
It occurs to me that my life is like this. When I stop to think through scheduled tasks or possible confrontations, I can often find a hidden bonus. By preparing ahead with a prayer for a patient heart, I can avoid making a mess of friendships. Some of the problems I cause by lack of preparation, however, are far more difficult to clean up. I realize my impatience has caused me to miss opportunities to reflect on a job well done.
Prayer for Peace
Grant me patience, Lord; I need it now!
Spiritual Practice: Fragrance
Remember or find a way to experience a fragrance you enjoy (fresh flowers, candle, fresh bread, pine trees, sea air, spices). Ask God to help you discern a situation which calls you to bring reconciliation and healing. Pray that you might spread the peace of Christ as fragrantly and generously as the aroma you now experience.
Today, God, I will prepare for the day with prayer.