Lord of this hour

Jesus is Lord of my life.

There are times, though, that I subtly take back the power and authority I have given Him. I step out in faith of me, rather than trust in God. It’s easy to compartmentalize my heart and then conveniently overlook what is tucked in the shadows. I take back what I owe Him, trying to better organize or clean up the mess myself, as if I could do a better job.

Surrender is a daily decision. Though my salvation is complete and eternal, the fullness of God’s peace and depths of His grace can only be experienced when I am entirely living under Christ’s lordship.

I want to wake up saying, Jesus, be my Lord today. Be Lord over my words, my attitudes, my reactions. Be the Lord of my long to-do list, and my responsibility to nurture and invest in the children You’ve entrusted to me. Be the Lord of my marriage and my workplace. Be the Lord over my thought-life and my temptations. Be the Lord of this home and the ministries you’ve given for me to serve.

Be Lord over every detail and every dream.

Jesus is the Lord of my life, but I can’t only depend on Him to be in charge of my future. I need Jesus to be Lord of this very hour, this exact moment.

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

Reaching

I think Jackson secretly wants to fly.

Last weekend, we received several helium balloons, all tied to a big clip. Jackson thought the best use of the clip was to fasten it on the back on his shirt. The balloons accompanied Jackson for almost two days, even while he slept.

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Jackson fell asleep with the balloon bunch attached to his shirt.

Jackson eventually determined that a long piece of yarn should be tied to the nice Mylar balloon, so it could be his kite and he could fly it around the house (we had just watched Mary Poppins).

As he ran around living room, I went to take care of some housework. Then, I heard a loud thud.

I came out to find Jackson had moved his small trampoline and was trying to jump up in the air to grab his balloon, which was drifting toward the top of our cathedral ceiling.

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Jackson uses the trampoline to try to reach his balloon.

Rather than ask for help, he thought he would solve the problem on his own. He just overestimated his vertical jump.

What are you reaching for today? Is it patience or understanding, wisdom or courage? Are you desperate for answers or healing? Are you striving for a better marriage or restoration of a friendship? Maybe today you are just trying to hold your busy, crazy life together.

It could be that you feel just like Jackson. You are trying everything you can think of to reach that goal or end, but it is just out of your grasp. You are doing everything in your own strength to jump on the trampoline to grab the string of the balloon and are coming up short.

As I watched Jackson jump up again and again trying to reach his balloon, I wondered if I often look like that to God. I try and fail, try and fail, when my Heavenly Father stands beside me with the means to change the circumstances if I would just ask. But instead, I keep reaching.

Jackson finally realized I could retrieve the balloon for him and asked me for help.

Whatever struggle you have today, whether small or monumental, ask God to be almighty and gracious. Confess your need to Him.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

– James 1:5

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Luke 11:9

In the day of my trouble I will call to you for you will answer me.

– Psalm 86:7