Made it to June.
One of those things I learned a while ago, and still fail on, is turning to the Lord the very first thing of the day, ideally while still abed. I have Bibles on my phone and little tablet, which are kept by the bed, so I really can get into the Word even while Wife is asleep. And that 's a good time to seek His face, to make my needs known, and to seek His will. In general, to get my head screwed on right. It works, it really does.
When you do it.
Sometimes, events overtake you from the moment the eyes open. Competing demands for my time and attention, things that really do have to be done and Right Now! too. Guess what gets put off? You are right.
Today has been one of those. I've been on the move from the time I woke, I'm still running behind, and haven't even had time for a shower today (stay downwind). This right now is about the first break that I've had. It's not supposed to be that way, I know that better than most people do, and we sometime have to work around it.
I took a job about 25 years ago with what was then known as the "Most Admired Corporation in America". (it was bought out by "slash and burn" types 7 years later and no longer enjoys that reputation). One of the first things they did was to send me and a few others at my level to a time management class being held locally, one of the Franklin Planner system (pre-Covey in fact) where we were coached on the practical issues of planning for results, setting priorities, and the like. It was good, I would recommend it, and spent the next 25 or so years trying to maintain that approach and to improve on it. Very helpful for project engineers / managers as I was.
Certainly being stayed on Jesus must occupy the highest priority. But, as we all know, despite our words and intentions, when you have a stone in your shoe or you step on a nail, or the like, you have to set those priorities to the side, momentarily we hope, and deal with that immediate matter. Ideally, to get back on track immediately thereafter. But, in real life, sometimes that urgency is immediately followed by another and another and .... well, you get off track. We've probably all Been There.
Today was one of those, and now we're closer to midnight than to dawn or even noon, and a whole lot of things that were on my to-do list are still undone and will have to be rescheduled.
There is a terrible temptation to regard it as a wasted day, and to waste even more time and energy and determination in getting down on myself. Am prone to it.
God loves me. He knows why, I don't know why He does or why He should. But it is a foundation to build upon, so we will try again. He must have a reason for all of this.
Our Old Testament reading for the day is chapters 4, 5, and 6 of 2nd Chronicles. This deals with the construction and furnishing and dedication of the Temple. Today and tomorrow's accounts are pretty much the high point. Things rapidly go down hill from there. But this is glorious
II Chronicles 5
II Chronicles 6
The New Testament passage is verses 20-50 in chapter 12 of the Gospel of John.
Jesus is in Jerusalem now, having been greeted with waving palms and loud hosannas. But not from everyone.