1 Kings 3:9
"So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"
I did it again. I just made it to spring break with the weather beginning to break, and I was hit with spring cleaning fever. "Now is a good time," I thought, "to complete everything that needs fixin." And so with the warmth in the air, no fever in sight, I began to accumulate an enormous amount of items that needed tending so that I might be able to enjoy my summer when the heat finally hits.
I had grades that needed closing, internet writing that needed completion, graduation requirement papers, not to mention my own son's graduation plans, classroom duties that need to be filed and expedited for a care-free end of the year, end of the year trips and parties, spring cleaning around the house, gardening, family vacation, etc., etc., etc., etc. I began with a fervor! I felt good, and nothing was going to stop my final destination - freedom from distractions in a few weeks.
Then it hit. Two weeks ago I began feeling extremely fatigued. Did I stop my pace? Of course not, I was on a mission! Then I felt the talons of an illness sinking in, and before you know it I was stopped dead in my tracks. When will I listen? My body can only do so much despite what the mind thinks it can achieve - some place, some time, the two shall meet on equal ground.
Give me wisdom, God I prayed at the peak of feeling collapse. How much pain, suffering, and embarrassment could we save ourselves if we made that our daily prayer? James wrote, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)
God not only grants us wisdom but he gives it generously, and all we have to do is ask! When God told King Solomon that he could have whatever he wanted, Solomon asked for a discerning heart to govern God's people and "to distinguish between right and wrong." (1 Kings 3:9). We see in the Bible that God not only granted that request but he gave him riches and honor (1 Kings 3:13).
With a simple prayer God granted me wisdom and put things in perspective again. No longer did I feel the need to race against the clock. Before you take on more than you can "chew" try the following prayer today:
Thank you for overlooking my unwise past decisions.
Thank you for sending out wisdom when I ask.
Remind me to read your word each day so that
I may function fully as you have planned. Amen.