I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. Romans 7:15
Well, I almost blew it again. Just like Paul in the book of Romans, I know the right way to act, but more often than not, I keep choosing the same old sin. A little while back, I blogged about how most of our “problems” are really just annoyances or inconveniences, and instead of whining and complaining, we should focus on the actual blessings we’ve received. Today I had a test of just this sort of situation, and I came close to forgetting all my good intentions.
On Tuesday our church has a regularly scheduled Bible Study at 10:30AM. I went over an hour early so that I could run off some copies needed for the Wednesday Prayer meeting and the next Fanning the Flame meeting. I got there only to find a repairman working on the copier! I got pretty cranky with my husband–after all, he could have called me to let me know what was going on, couldn’t he? I didn’t even bring a book to read (duh, what about my Bible?) and I didn’t have anything to do until class started. What a waste of my precious time.
Then it dawned on me — Joan, this gives you an hour to pray! No interruptions, no phones, a beautiful sanctuary to sit in — what a blessing! It calmed me down and I realized that not only did I have my Bible, I had my little Pilgrim’s Guide (a book of prayers of Bible verses from my Via de Cristo weekend) in my purse. So I spent a peaceful hour thanking God, examining my conscience (something that I evidently sorely need to do), and reading over the chapter we’re studying (which I hadn’t found time for). And you know what? After class, I got the copying done, too. Another first world problem solved!