[CF Devotionals] 2014-10-15 - Rainy Days and Mondays

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It's been raining, off and on here in southwestern Virginia, for several days. Sometimes, especially in the fall, I find it bothersome. Not because I am opposed to getting the water we need, but if the leaves are changing, and there is little or no opportunity to enjoy the colors on the trees before rain, wind, and storms blow them to the ground. I had also hoped to mow the grass the other day, due to my dogs with very short legs needing their potential wheat field effect being curtailed to a manageable height for them. And it seemed I was going to be able to at least take care of their smaller section of the yard, after I finished up a few things inside the house.

And then the rain began. After a long week of physical therapy, and also preparing to have time with family, it occurred to me that it was fine, if I could not get the yard mown. It grows more slowly this time of year, anyway, so the pups can still find a spot to do their thing. I also needed to save my energy for my "people" interactions. The yard will be waiting for me, when the rain stops and everyone is back doing other things. What was once a frustrating and annoying weather forecast became a wonderful blessing.

I began to think about Paul's explanation of contentment, in the book of Philippians, with regard to my own change in plans for the day. As we continue on our journey of connecting to God's word, he will not only tell us what he means by his word, but will show us - just as he showed me how an altering of my schedule could happen in such a way it would bring relief and contentment, rather than annoyance. His plan is always better, and even in small things, we can begin to understand how that is true.

"But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:10-13 KJV)

"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing." (Philippians 3:14-16 KJV)

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