Sittin' on Top of the World

Every now and then there are moments when I think I have finally caught up with everything.

The seasonal newsletters are written and posted
My quarterly financial reports are (finally) finished
My apartment is clean (even the dish drainer is empty, Mom)
I actually went to the gym a few times this week
Laundry is done, folded, and put away
My plants are even watered

I’m not caught up on emails, but let’s be realistic, is that humanly possible? In September I read through Proverbs, as part of my Read Through the Bible in One Year plan, and as always, I am impressed by the emphasis on discipline in the book of Proverbs. And every time I read Proverbs, I think about how undisciplined my life is. In certain areas, I can maintain discipline, but like sticking my fingers in the proverbial dam, as soon as I manage to control one area of my life, something else breaks down. That’s why it’s so nice when I have everything done—even if it’s only for a few seconds, anyway!

In other news: I have steady contact with several of my former students. Last night I was instant messaging with one of them, who is a very devout Muslim. In all of our conversations, he never discusses religion with me. But last night, I was talking about trusting God for my future, no matter how hard that is. And he asked me, “Are you saying that if God told you do something, you would do it?” He seemed pretty skeptical, but I was really happy that he asked me the question. It opened a door to talk about my relationship with the Lord. Almost instantly, he said he had to go, so I said goodnight, but I really want to thank the Lord for yet one more opportunity with this young man I’ve been praying for years.

Ariel Rainey