It seems like clarity and perspective often comes to me in the morning as I’m in the shower. I don’t know if it’s the power of quite, warmth and water or that my mind has not yet become cluttered with the day’s demands or that God is preparing me for the day.

A few showers ago, I was thinking about my state of being. I was aching, tired, somewhat lethargic and discouraged. This experience was not just that morning; it has been with me for several days. At a heart level, it felt reminiscent of the first day of school after summer vacation. 

It had been an unusually cold night and morning for September. My thoughts went to the regret of losing summer and entering into winter. I felt my heart going into hunker-down mode.

And then I heard God ask me, “Is this a cold front moving through or a change of seasons?” I wondered if God was talking about the weather or my current experience. Then I realize that God doesn’t do the chitchat about the weather that we do when we can’t think of anything else to talk about. Of course He was referring to my state of heart.

This was simply a cold front that would pass through. With that clarity my perspective changed, as did my approach to the day. I didn’t simply hunker-down, I rose-up to take on the day and try to discover it’s purpose.

Later, Jesus brought this scripture to me:

“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17 AMP

Endeavoring to live wisely and purposefully,

Gary

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