Points to Ponder: When the day gets away from you - don't chase it

Points to Ponder
When the day gets away from you - don't chase it
By Pastor Dennis Whitmore
Weekly Contributing Writer

Have you ever had one of those days when your best-laid plans were completely thwarted and undermined by "stuff"? You prepared for an appointment, only to find that it was cancelled. An emergency pops up in someone else's life; but they rope you into it. And because you care, you drop your schedule and take on this other matter. Then, after about an hour invested in that, you find there is nothing you can do anyway. In fact, someone else was not only better suited to handle it, but was already involved. You poured your time into duplicating what had already been done. On and on your day goes, "fighting fires." Your day did not start out with these items on your plate; they just jumped on. Meanwhile everything you intended to handle and complete that day were neither handled nor completed.
Just remembering your own recent experience of the above scenario gets your blood pressure rising, doesn't it? I am a stickler for time management and I resent it when I feel that my time has been wasted. That feeling often is accompanied by sinful thoughts and a touch of anger. These emotions may be justified, but they produce nothing good. They get nothing done. And they spoil other areas of my life. Agreed?
"...the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God" (James 1:20).
So what do you do when you can see that your day is about to veer off course and your plans are about to crash?
Though it seems as if you have no time to give to it, stop trying to get back onto your schedule. The interruptions are part of the day - one of them may have (unbeknownst to you) saved your life. So pause and go to the Bible.
I'll go to an Old Testament story, or dwell in a Psalm. I may look for wisdom from Proverbs. Or I'll sit at the feet of Jesus and read from the Gospels. It helps me power down the anxiety I feel inside when I perceive that the day is being taken from me by forces beyond my control.
"I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure. ... Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble" (Psalm 119:162 and 165).
There is incredible peace and assurance, if you just give your day and yourself over to the Lord. What brings forth that peace when the deadlines loom and the pressure overwhelms? His sovereignty over the whole universe - and your place in it. How does knowing that bring forth the peace which surpasses our understanding? (Philippians 4:7).
It's not enough to just know or even believe that something is true. Belief is not faith unless it leads to action. That action is the decision to TRUST His word and to stake your life on it.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; ... Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones" (Proverbs 3:5 and 7-8).
It's not a matter of "common sense" to stop the rush to catch up so that you can read your Bible. It's uncommon sense. That's probably why so few are doing it. Thus they end their day flustered and stressed out. It doesn't have to be that way for you. Choose a different course. Come to the Lord, rest in His word. Then resume your course with a fresh perspective from Above.
"Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen" (Romans 15:33).

Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship, 12624 Trinity Church Drive, Clear Spring, MD (1/4 mile east of Clear Spring on Rt. 40). These articles (and sermons) are also found at www.hilltopchristianfellowship.com. Listen to Pastor Dennis on WJEJ-1240 AM, Tues and Thurs, at 10:45am and 10:45pm, both days).