Anne Morrow Lindbergh observed somewhere in her timeless little book Gift from the Sea that most of us don’t really mind pouring our lives out for a reason. What we do resent is the feeling that it is being dribbled away in small, meaningless drops for no good reason.
For me, one of the greatest frustrations of walking through the “dailiness” of my life as a Christian is that I don’t always get to see how the bits and pieces of who I am fit into the big picture of God’s plan. It’s tempting at times to see my life as a meal here, a meeting there, a carpool, a phone call, a sack of groceries—all disjointed fragments of nothing in particular.
And yet I know I am called, as God’s child, to believe by faith that they do add up. That in some way every single scrap of my life, every step and every struggle, is in the process of being fitted together into God’s huge and perfect pattern for good.
We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. —Ephesians 2:10
“Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.” —Mark 10:43–44
Claire Cloninger is an award-winning songwriter. The composer of multiple musicals for church choirs, Claire was commissioned by the National Statue of Liberty Centennial Committee to write a new second verse for the “Star Spangled Banner,” which was recorded by Sandi Patti. Her song, “Friend of a Wounded Heart,” recorded by Wayne Watson, received a Dove Award as Song of the Year in 1989. She has also written or co-written 11 books.
From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening© 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission. Order your copy of this 365-day Women of Faith devotional now.