Ever have one of those mornings?
Goofy things happen. The dog gets out and you find yourself driving around hoping and praying that you'll find him.
You have some less-than-pleasant words with your son while trying to get him to help you look. He's obedient. He helps, but he isn't happy with you.
And you're not happy with yourself.
You get to work and you can't reach the people you wanted to on the phone.
Later, you think you're doing everything right in a certain situation, but find out you were supposed to be doing something different.
OK. We all have Mondays kind of like this. Not terrible. Not crushing. Not with insurmountable problems.
But they're the kind of days that make me want to run to God - to ask him for encouragement. I need him to build me up on the inside so I can face whatever is on the outside.
It's times like this that I think of the Apostle Paul's letter to the Ephesians. In chapter 3, verse 16, he writes: "I pray that out of his glorious riches, he may strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith."
Who doesn't need that?
So I pray, "Dear Lord please strengthen me. Please show me how to do what I need to do and how to do it right."
And since I'm kind of a baby, I also pray, "Lord please make it easy for me. Please just let all the pieces fall together. Please put people in my path who will help and guide me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen."
I don't know about you, but I need that strengthening in my inner being.
And nobody can supply that like God, who blesses us more than we could ever imagine.
By the way, we did find the dog. He was merrily trotting back toward the house.
Guess he knows where his real home is - as do we!