Happy Sunday! I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to write a “Scripture Sunday” post last week in accordance with my every-other-week schedule for the series, but I want these posts to be great quality and last Sunday I was tired and overwhelmed with homework after a weekend getaway to Montreat, NC with my family (a travel diary on the trip should be up soon!), so I thought it’d be better to delay the post than rush some less thoughtful faith based content. Anyways, I hope y’all love this week’s “Scripture Sunday” and it’s worth the wait. If you’re offended by the Christian religion for any reason please feel free to scroll past, but if you’d like to read more you can find all of my “Scripture Sundays” here.
Psalm 143:8; Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
I’m so bad about staying up late to do homework. I know tons of my peers just stop their homework at 11:00 p.m. and go to bed, but not me. If I’m not done with my homework I’ll stay up until I am (or at least until I’m positive what I have left can be completed in my third period study hall) because I honestly have such a hard time going to sleep with that stress still there. I think it goes without saying that seeing midnight or even 1:00 a.m. on the clock and knowing you still have homework left is among the worst feelings in a high schooler’s world.
As I said, I try to get all of my homework done, and it sure feels great to wake up knowing it’s all done and I can begin my day without the stress of being behind on anything. That feeling reminds me of the beginning of a verse in Psalm 143 that I recently came across. It’s verse eight, and it begins “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.” As I read this phrase I can practically see the sun coming in through the blinds and my Bible and journal in my bed. It reminds me that mornings are proof of the second chances we have through Christ and God’s unconditional love. The chance to fix what you know you’re doing wrong, like procrastinating homework, being rude to your loved ones, the list goes on (those are just a couple things I’m constantly working on).
The verse continues with the sentence “Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” I sometimes struggle to completely put my life in God’s hands. I like to think that I have, but I think sometimes I pull back. Did you ever play that game with your friends in elementary school where they would put their palms out face up and you were supposed to put your hands on theirs face down and yank back to avoid them flipping their hands and slapping yours (I looked it up and it’s known as slap jack, hot hands, and red hands, because I’m sure that explanation was super confusing)? Yeah, I feel like I’m doing that except my hands are my life and God’s not actually trying to slap me, He’s trying to love me and help me.
So what’s the hesitation? Me. My own plans and ideas of what’s best for me. Like this verse says, I want God to show me the way to go because I do trust Him with my life, I’m just not so sure I’m the best at keeping that constant. Coming back to that homework analogy, it’s like I wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to start the day alongside God but then ignore Him when He advises me to try to get my homework done as it’s assigned in order to avoid staying up late again. I constantly choose my own plan over His even though His is obviously better for me.
This week, start your morning with a prayer and try to listen to God’s guidance throughout your day. It can be hard to completely place your life in His hands, but it’s the best thing you can do. I know today’s “Scripture Sunday” was kinda all over the place, but I hope you got the point. God knows what’s best for you and He’ll never stop giving you second chances, no matter how many times you ignore His advice.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week.