How do things get so off-track so quickly? And why does it seem, after being completely de-railed, so impossible to get back on-track?
Over the past few days I've fought with my husband, saying some of the worst things. . . I've lost countless hours of restorative sleep. . . Pockets-full of opportunites to teach my children lost to cleaning, cooking, sleeping. . . Every goal all but forgotten. . .
"I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten." ~Joel 2:25
How 'bout the mere days? Can I repent and have them restored? Can I get that time - those opportunites back? Will God pick me up and put me back on track - push me along - get me going again? I need a jump start.
I want a Dr. Pepper, a good book, some time alone. . .
All I need is Him - His grace, forgiveness, voice, arms. . .
"Lord, forgive me - forgive me my careless, heartless words; my innaction and wrong priorities; my failure to let You lead; my obstinacy. . .
"Lord, help me - help me to shut my mouth and open my heart and ears, my schedule and agenda, my life. . .
"Lord, guide me - guide me through life, marriage and parenting, and the nitty-gritty details of keeping house and teaching children that so often trip me up. . .
"Lord, restore - restore not just time and opportunity, but love and kindness - virtue. . ."
All is not lost. Every goal need not be swept away to begin again. God can put me back on track right where I came off. I can start fresh, with Him, right now. I can keep on, allowing Him to change me, to use me in spite of my weaknesses. He can and will restore - right now.