There is great comfort in having a comfortable routine. Having a routine removes some of the mystery of what is going to happen tomorrow or the following day. Some of the highlights of my routine include: getting up early to start the school day with my children, sipping on a hot cup of coffee with coconut cream, and checking how hot or cold the weather will be (so that I can decide if it’ll be a run today or a workout DVD). If I want to add “adventure” to my mornings, I may go for a veggie omelet instead of the usual green protein shake.
I may guess what you are thinking now. Routines can be problematic. While we may find comfort in knowing how the day will go, the lack of variety may not prepare us for the unexpected. And isn’t life full of ‘surprises’? Yet, as much as I would recommend to bring daily variety into life so that we can manage the unexpected, there is no way we can fully prepare for unforeseen circumstances. There are times when we may feel like there is just not enough energy on this planet to help us get through certain events. These unforeseen events do not need to be big or negative; they could amount to the addition of smaller problems. I will give you an example of how the small can become big.
This morning, within the first 30 minutes of waking up: my dog managed to throw up all over the place, one of my children dumped half a gallon of milk on the floor, a neighbor lost everything in a house fire, and for the LOVE OF GOD…my second dog would not stop barking while all of this was happening. WHERE DO I GET THE PATIENCE!?
I was either going to scream (which I did) OR I was going to ask Jesus for patience (arrived here very slowly). Why is it so hard to humble our hearts to Christ in the midst of the very mess? I often wonder that. Why do we usually react by “taking action” or figuring out ways to “make things work”??? As tempted as I am to say that it is because we are responsible human beings, I am going to have to go with a single word answer: PRIDE. Yes, we can be quite prideful. The need of self-preservation is so great in us that we forget the Lord’s presence.
Luke 21:19 “Stand firm, and you will win life.”
As much as I would love to tell you that we can all prepare for the unforeseen, there is truly only one way that we can do that. It is by preparing our hearts, and staying open to the power of Jesus that we can truly win the race and come out strong. It does not mean that life will be easier, but we will achieve peace as the battle rages all around us. I encourage you to train yourself to go immediately to the One who made it all. Go to our Savior, Jesus Christ and remember his loving words:
Mark 4:39 “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”