Shumeka Young of Little Rock, AR, USA
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross; disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. -Hebrews 12:1-2
One morning I overslept and was running late for work. I jumped out of bed in a panic, showered, and dressed without stopping to grab a bite to eat. It seemed as if every slow driver in the world was in front of me. I griped, I complained, and I got so very angry with God. I prayed, “Lord, why did you let me oversleep today? Why can’t you just miraculously move everyone out of my way, so I can get to work?”
Suddenly, a vehicle in front of me came to a complete stop. I was getting ready to lay on my horn. I saw no reason for the vehicle to stop so abruptly. Then I noticed that a deer had jumped out of the woods unexpectedly. The deer wasn’t harmed, and the vehicle in front of me did not suffer any damage from the deer’s unexpected presence.
My eyes began to fill with tears. I felt so much shame for complaining to God for oversleeping and having such a nasty attitude. I remembered the scripture that says to do everything without grumbling or disputing (Philippians 2:14). I quickly repented and asked God to forgive me for my bad attitude. I also thanked God for providing protection and blessings.
The truth is, God is always with us. If I had been a second faster, that deer could have struck my car or I could’ve been in a car accident. Regardless, God always loves and cares for each of us. This was the best attitude adjustment I’ve ever experienced.
Remember, no matter what happens in your day, give God thanks and don’t complain.
“Be vulnerable to divine grace” (Doctrine and Covenants Section 163:10b).
This month, spend time each day noticing where divine grace is already pouring forth. Perhaps it is a simple awareness of creation’s systems and cycles that support our daily existence. The sun rises each day without being asked. There are underlying rhythms and relationships that hold the fabric of our lives together. Sometimes they fall into the background of our lives. We forget to see the natural generosity that spills over throughout our days-of the planet, the people we love, the Sacred Presence in all moments, the kindness of strangers we encounter, and the gifts we carry within. What is already being given in your life? What does it look like to be vulnerable to divine grace today?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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