March 17

“Be thou there till I bring thee word.” Matthew 2:13

Oh restless heart, that beat against your prison bars of circumstances, yearning for a wider sphere of usefulness, leave God to order all your days. Patience and trust, in the dullness of the routine of life, will be the best preparation for a courageous bearing of the tug and strain of the larger opportunity which God may some time send you. (Streams in the Desert)

My wife and I are fairly easily entertained, and best of all, our favorite amusements do not cost an arm and a leg. It helps that we enjoy the same things. My wife will fill a bag of travel essentials, then we pile into my Jeep Rubicon and head for who-knows-where, making it up as we go. Typically, these discretionary jaunts take us to small towns whose appeal is their own version of Main Street with a handful of second-hand stores or antique shoppes. We never spend much, but hunting hidden treasure is incidental to the joy of companionship. Hand-in-hand, we prove over and over again that what matters most is not where you are or what you are doing, but the one you are with on the journey.

Resist temptation to favor bursts of ecstasy over a quiet lifetime with God; grand glimpses are no substitute for life in the trenches. Routine is not our enemy, discontentment is; we fulfill the potential of this day when we are satisfied with the Shepherd of our soul. Christ is an enduring companion, not occasional cheerleader. Accept His hand as you take the next ordinary step, and you will know more joy than you ever dreamed possible.

“I’ve often wrestled with the inclination to lose sight of the value of this instant while straining to predict the next and strategize accordingly, but I am learning that what happened or did not occur yesterday pales in significance with what I do right now; life does count, and this very moment matters enormously. Mercy is at hand in abundance when I allow myself to detect the weight of glory in the mundane and ordinary. Grace is now and grace is here; grace is always present tense” (D. Fowlkes)

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