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A Terrible Day

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah 26:4

Have you ever had a day when you can’t get anything accomplished and when you don’t feel God’s presence in your life? You feel empty, frustrated, and unfocused.

Well, I had one of those “terrible days” earlier this month when I was trying to complete my devotions for this week. I did my household chores and sat down to write devotions. I was totally blank. It was as though my brain was dead. I couldn’t even get a paragraph done.

I am one of those people who can’t stand to waste time, and I was really wasting time. Almost in tears, I cried out to God. “God, what is wrong? I can’t focus. I feel so far from you today.” Then I heard an inner voice say, “You didn’t ask Me to be with you. You didn’t read my Word. You didn’t seek My guidance or direction.”

I felt ashamed. Usually I begin my day with a quite time with God. I read His Word, two or three devotions, and pray. But, this day I was so busy that I neglected my quiet time. What is it about me that makes me think I can do everything on my own? Do you ever have thoughts like this?

When I realized what was happening, I stopped to talk with God. I put my trust in God many years ago. He is my Lord and Savior. God has given me an eternal relationship with Him. He has guided me all of these years. He continues to comfort me when I grieve over our daughter who died several years ago. He took care of us when my husband lost a managerial position in downsizing.

Our lives are filled with nonstop demands. Because of our busyness, we sometimes push God into the background of our lives. That is exactly what I had done.

We bring many of our “terrible days” upon ourselves when we do not seek God to manage our day for us. Imagine how He feels when we push Him to the back of our lives.

Father, thank You for always being there for me. I pray that I will remember to seek your guidance in all I do.

Georgia Andrus

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