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It is a cloudy, dreary, cold day as I sit at the breakfast table. I feel lonely inside, a bit sad, too, and I am attending a pity party with one place setting set just for me . There are two lovely birds chattering away to each other outside my window, and I am without excuse.
The store was crowded; the cashier was rude. A complaining, angry spirit was brewing. On a ride home that seemed to last forever, the rain poured down. Someone cut me off whilst texting on their phone. Words that do not belong in my mind flew around my head; I uttered a couple out loud. A rainbow in the distance signifying the end of the storm graced the sky before me, and I am without excuse.
It always amazes me (and shames me, too), how circumstances can draw me away from the beautiful feeling I have in the morning during my daily devotions. As I read my Bible, my devotions, Levi’s daily 5 a.m. message, and pray, I am filled with a sense of peace and of awe. But too quickly, when not surrounded by actual scripture, I drift over into another camp. A camp I do not belong in. A camp of discontent and grumbly noises.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
God’s is everywhere. In every flower, tree, blue or gray sky, every tweet, every roar, therein lies His handiwork. So often, I can be brought back to Him when I take a moment to view my surroundings in the midst of my mood. God does not stop speaking to me just because I am not reading His word throughout the day; Creation itself is preaching His word to me every moment. That should be enough for I am without excuse to remain in my mood when I hear my bullfrog croaking, rooster crowing or see my Sedum changing color to signify the coming of fall.
But, what about people. You know, the people that we have to share this world with? The outwardly irritated ones, the ones that show no courtesy, the ones that rob your joy on a daily basis? Again! I am without excuse to deny the Father and walk off the path of peace because of them. Just one look at the cranky cashier’s wrinkled hands that may ache with arthritis, the reckless teenager who just cut me off who needs prayer while he risks his life and others around him as he texts, the surly garage attendant whose eyes speak of the pain of losing his wife but whose gruff attitude hides the fact that he needs an extra smile and kindness.
Yes, without excuse are we to ignore the invisible attributes and divine nature we find in all of creation–people, included. Nature is easy; people are harder sometimes to find Him in. I am without excuse to allow people and the way they treat me to let my countenance fall. It is my prayer that my spirit is made more quick to not be affected by the temporal things surrounding me but truly touched by the spiritual connection that can be found in all things He has created. I want to remember that I am without excuse every day and in every situation.
Much love sent to you all…..
ღ Skye ღ
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