Waiting can be very hard.

But sometimes as we wait, God does the most important work in us. Keeping focused and watching carefully for God’s good work in our world can renew us each and every day.

Slow down for a moment, think, reflect, and pray for God’s work as you watch and wait.

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For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.

You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.

So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

Psalm 90:4-6, 12

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Saved By The Bell was a pre-teen sitcom that came out in the 90s. In one episode, Jesse, the overachiever, found herself overwhelmed with the demands of school, work, and family life. She began to take caffeine pills in a failed attempt to keep up. By the time she realized they were making everything worse she broke down, sobbing, “Time, time! There’s never any time!”

Often we find ourselves in that place in this fast-paced world. Between school, work, family, church, relationships, and other commitments, our lives can feel overwhelming. Today the Psalmist reminds us that time and its demands are things of our creation. Time is nothing to God. We are called to count our days so that we gain a wise heart. When we count our days to gain a wise heart, we center ourselves in God even as we carry out the tasks of daily life. We remind ourselves that with God’s presence, we will find the wisdom we need to order our lives. Count your time seeking a wise heart.

Jeanell Cox

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Timeless God, forgive me when I allow the demands of my life to draw me away from you. Form my heart with wisdom as I live through each day you have given to me. Help me to prioritize the best things today as I serve you and others. Amen.

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Go in the light, living as a person of the day, including all those around you and yourself in the circle of God’s love. Anticipate the joy of God’s good work in you and in the world. Watch and wait with hope. Amen.

Jeanell Cox

Jeanell Cox is a Board Certified Chaplain who is currently employed by the North Carolina Chaplains' Association as the Administrative Coordinator. She is married to the Rev. Christopher Ingram. Together they have three sons and one lazy dachshund.

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