Daily Mercy

We cut hay this week. It was some nice, thick hay too. Lots of rain has generated more grass in the pastures than the herd can even eat. Such a blessing!

But now we wait. We wait and pray for no rain while the thick hay dries out before getting baled for the winter. We wait and pray because wet hay rots; and the time, energy, fuel, and replacement cost combine to put a high value on the newly-mown hay and future bales. We wait and pray because, for now, there is nothing else we can do. The weather is completely out of our control.

Being at the mercy of the weather brings our lack of control front and center. We are helpless in ourselves. While less obvious most days, this helplessness is no less true of any of our other efforts. Our plans and our schedules, while our responsibility, are not written in stone and not entirely up to us. We plan, but God determines how the day actually goes. Stuff happens. Plans change. Fatigue comes.

This could be discouraging, but today let’s dwell on the truth that our weather and our times and our days (and our hayfields) are at the mercy of an infinitely merciful God. If we need mercy, He is by far the best One to turn to! How much mercy has He already shown? He delights in showing yet more. As our salvation, so our days depend “not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” (Romans 9:16) And what a mercy it is, too! A rich mercy, shown with great love. (Ephesians 2:4).

Feeling helpless? Remember this mercy.

Just Doing It

There’s a lot that can be said and done to help us with task or time management. Tips and tricks abound. Structure matters. Tools make a big difference. So we think more is better and keep searching for the ultimate magic trick that will make it all happen with the wave of a wand.

But ultimately it comes down to simply doing it.

Once you have a good set-up, it is up to you to follow through. Once you have a good, solid plan, it’s time to work the plan.

The good news is, you can. You have what you need to do what you are called to do. So motivate yourself with that truth.

The other good news is, it will be worth it in the end. Your effort matters. Once you put in the work, you can enjoy the benefits. After you make the habits, you can rest in the rewards.

But still…

You just have to do it.