Choose Well

You are my shelter; from distress
you will preserve me;
with glad cries of freedom
you will deliver me.

Psalm 32:7

I tossed and turned last night. I pride myself in being able to set aside my worries in order replenish myself with a good night’s sleep. Still, I failed miserably during the wee hours of this morning. This occurred in spite of the fact that no overwhelming troubles beset me at the moment. Indeed, most of the demands placed upon me these days are the result of my own choices. I enjoy far more freedom than most of the people I know. Still, I tossed and turned to no avail.

It was 4:30 A.M. when I finally looked heavenward for comfort. “Why am I worrying? Why do I feel that I’ll never accomplish anything? Will I ever finish that book? Am I supposed to write or not?” I continued my litany until I felt completely exhausted. As I inhaled deeply to calm myself, I noticed the slit of light at the edge of our blind. “Hmm. Are our days finally getting longer? Maybe that light is just the moon’s reflection on the snow. Maybe not.” I crept out of bed and went to our spare room to see the sky more clearly. “Nice,” I told God who continued to listen patiently. “It is lighter this morning.”

Finally, I closed my mouth and gazed at the moon and stars which would soon disappear in the dawn. As I watched the birth of the new day, I marveled at God’s generosity in providing us this miracle every twenty-four hours. God comforted me with a reminder of the second miracle which comes every twenty-four hours as well: Our ability to use the new day as we wish. With that, I decided to let go of the stress and to embrace this amazing opportunity.


Loving God, you deliver us from all evil and you empower us to live with joy. Please gift me with the wisdom to choose well as I plan this new day and every day I am given.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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