A few years ago, my husband and I decided to paint a few rooms in our home. Instead of hiring professional painters, we chose to do it ourselves. We researched online, bought all of the necessary supplies and chose paint colors.
When the day arrived to paint, we got an early start by moving furniture and taking pictures off the walls. We also placed painter’s tape around the edges of the baseboards. On paper, this necessary prep work seemed like a quick task, but in reality, it took us all day.
The next day we painted two coats of primer on the walls. As we waited for each layer to dry, we realized our project would be delayed yet another day. The next day was the beginning of a new week and we could only paint during the evening hours. This slowed our progress even further.
Throughout the week, we lived in chaotic clutter. Nothing was where it was supposed to be, making our home one big obstacle to navigate. Our windows were bare, giving passersby a peek into our messy home.
I became frustrated and irritated. I snapped at my husband when he wanted to put another coat of paint on the walls. I wanted to be finished and have my home back in order. He reminded me to stay focused on the walls.
When I shifted my thoughts from a disorganized home to painting the walls, everything seemed fall into place. Soon the walls were done and everything was put back in its place. I felt whole again. Isaiah 26:3 says
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
When we take our eyes off of the Father, we can feel discontent and unorganized. When we focus on God and his greatness, our situations will not change, but we will be. He will give us the grace to endure whatever situation we are in.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) says
Paul is telling us to make prayer a regular part of our entire day. Just like we schedule time to eat, work and sleep, we must make the time to pray. God is always with us always and we should not ignore him.
Make the decision today to be in constant prayer. Talk to God in every situation, even the small ones.