Philippians 4:19 – Clumsy but Willing
“And my God shall supply all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
You might think this devotional is about my clumsiness. But it’s not. It’s about how Satan will try do anything to detour and distract you from spending time with God.
This morning I grabbed a greek yogurt, stirred in some granola and brought it upstairs with my coffee for prayer time. I’ve done this many times and never had a problem, but today I spilled it. Big time. Thick yogurt with clumps of granola dripped down the side of the wicker baskets that nest inside my prayer bench. It was really messy to clean – sticky, and it took time to get it out of all the crevices in between the wicker weaves and off the paper of my prayer lists. Time to get a wet cloth and wipe everything down, then rinse the cleaning cloth and in the process send the spoon with its yogurt-covered handle flying over the counter – a second mess to clean.
But all of that didn’t happen because I’m clumsy. It happened because yesterday I re-purposed in my heart to get back to my regular amount of daily prayer time and quit shortening it just for a few more minutes sleep. Satan can be quick to deter us from a renewed resolve. But the devil’s tactic won’t work this time. Even when he tries to shorten my time with God, my all-powerful God can stretch my remaining minutes to accomplish in my heart and mind what He wants: the sharpening of my mind by the intake of His Word, the guarding of my heart by worship, and the intercession for others by prayer. And sometimes even a devotional for my blog.
There’s still a bit of yogurt residue left in a few crannies that I can’t quite dig out. But that’s ok. It just reminds me that nothing can stop our God from bringing us to Himself if only we are willing to come to him – dirt in the crevices and all.
Kim Robinson is an author living in Austin, TX. She and her husband have six children and fourteen grandchildren and enjoy spending time with family. Passionate about parenting, she writes and speaks about a variety of issues facing parents and professionals dealing with teenagers in crisis. She enjoys speaking at retreats and to various organizations.
Kim's debut novel, Chased by Grace - A Story of Survival, is available now.