The time change gave us a longer day and I am honestly ready to call this one over! Getting up at 5:30 am is already early enough, but when that 5:30 is really 4:30 that is very early indeed! I wondered why I couldn’t smell the wonderful aroma of coffee and I stumbled my way down the stairs to see why, well simple answer, I had forgotten to change the clock in the coffee pot so it wasn’t going to come on for another hour, I remedied that by hitting the start button, problem solved. I wanted to get everything in the kitchen done before I washed my hair and showered, yes two separate events since I can’t stand to have water in my face so washing my hair in the shower is not something I like to do, after that I planned on painting the barn and getting dressed for church. I was preparing salmon to be ready to cook when I got home, since it only takes twenty minutes, and decided to take the skin off the back of it. I got out my filet knife and the sharpener to make sure it cut through the skin leaving the delicate meat intact, and the end result was to filet two of my fingers, not a good thing. I was thankful I had already laid out the salmon because from that point on everything was done with one hand! I tried to keep from going to the Urgent Care but my son called right in the middle of my trying to wash my hair with one hand while trying to keep blood from getting on everything I passed. I let my hair dry naturally because I couldn’t handle the hair dryer and a brush at the same time, put on the least amount of paint I had worn since I was thirteen and finally got clothes on that I could put on without a lot of trouble. After a trip to Urgent Care to get patched up and getting to church just in time for the sermon for the second service I finally caught my breath!
What do we learn from a day that starts like that? Remember an old saying, “Haste makes waste”, to that I say, “Amen”!
When we make a hasty decision we can make a big mistake. The Shepherd King cried out in Psalm 31:22 In panic (haste) I cried out, “I am cut off from the LORD!” But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help. Again in Psalm 116:9-11 I’m striding in the presence of GOD, alive in the land of the living! I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck, despite giving up on the human race, saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.” At this point I will admit to you that I have said the exact same thing myself and it leads me to taking a little side trip here; People, stop, look, and listen to what all the politicians are saying and look at their record, don’t let slick speech and a side step fool you. Our country is going to hell in a hand basket; we are becoming a poor third world country. We were promised change and we sure did get it, and it’s not the way those that voted for the change expected I fear. You can’t vote a party, or attend a church because of the label on the sign outside. But I digress. Proverbs 14:29 Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered (hasty) person stockpiles stupidity. I am very glad that God isn’t always hasty in His decisions concerning me! Psalm 103:6-8 God makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet … God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. Proverbs 16:32 Moderation is better than muscle, self-control better than political power.
Remember this prayer when things start getting on your nerves and you want to be hasty, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” What have we learned? It’s better to be slow to judgments, slow to anger, and on letting someone else that knows how better than me to sharpen the knives!
Whatever decision you are in the midst of making, whether it is personal, political, or choosing church leadership remember that haste makes waste!