Today was one of those days when I probably should have ignored my alarm clock and stayed in bed. Yeah, one of those... You know the kind I'm talking about.
An unsettled spirit pervaded me, and I was fighting hard to keep it inside. I mean, hard.
Every person I encountered frustrated me, and it wasn't because of anything they did; it was because I'd let darkness take hold.
I begged the Lord to give me whatever I needed to make it through the day without going to prison for murder, and I was starting to wonder if I should just give up and grab an orange jumpsuit.
And then, it happened.
All in one thirty second span, I was metaphorically smacked in the face and knocked on the ground.
I looked back at her, fighting tooth and nail to suppress the tears, and responded with a smile a kind word.
When she walked away, I swallowed my stunned tears.
Today, Lord? You know I can't handle one more thing today!
So I huffed and puffed at the injustice of the whole situation, knowing full well that she didn't mean it in the way it came out. But I was completely embarrassed.
Lord, give me strength to love...intentionally.
Today was a test of this thing I'm working on called love. Do I really mean what I say? Am I willing to love without finding fault and forgive without resentment? Can I look past the heat of the moment and seek peace?
I will rise above this and forgive.
And God, in His grace, toughened my fragile skin today.
He knows I need it.
Don't we all?
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. [psalm 27:14]
Is your skin being toughened? Your love being tested? Please share!