Location: My desk at work during my lunch-break, 12:48pm on the 2nd of December.
The more I resolve to catch up on everything, the further behind I fall. I recently told someone that I spend my workdays trying to catch up on all that I am behind on, then I go home and do more of the same before I sleep (hopefully!), wake up, and do it again. Anybody else like that?
So, instead of trying to catch up right now, I just wanted to say hello. We are all well. H. is happy and makes us laugh daily. M. is happy and glowing, looking forward to the early days of 2014 when we will meet the baby she is carrying. I am happy and humbled by the blessings poured out upon me and my family.
Speaking of humbling, I have realized that the past couple of years has been a constant answer to my own prayers for being humbled. The Lord is stripping off layer after layer of whom I thought I was.
(I am now in our apartment in Franklin on the 3rd of December at 6:34pm with my wife crocheting on the loveseat next to me, and a sleeping H. squeezed in between us. I hope this proves my point: I was interrupted YESTERDAY and not even able to finish a BRIEF hello, much less tick off something on our To Do list!)
Nonetheless, I do not feel busy, I just feel humbled. It is not so much that my schedule does not allow me to complete the things I would like to, but rather the responsibilities I have chosen demand careful prioritization. In the meantime, I am stripped like wood, layer by layer, becoming more and more humble as I pray through situations over which I have little or no control. I am pleased that the Lord counts me worthy to receive His attention as He transforms me into His likeness, but I am certainly eager to assume fully the posture humility He intends me to have and graduate from these trials.
Have you ever been humbled? Was it painful? Humiliating? Helpful?
Lord, I want to be everything You intended me to be, and to be available to You at all times. Please humble me as much as necessary, and please let Your joy be my strength, so I never more grumble. Amen.