Habakkuk 3:17-18 – Though the fig tree does not blossom and no fruit is on the vines, though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will exult in the God of my salvation. (NRSV)
My sister-in-law, Jean, collected fancy plates. She loved pretty clothes. We often talked about being size 10s some day. But on the day she died, I said to her, "None of it matters, does it, Jean? Not the clothes or the money or the size 10s?"
Barely able to speak, she whispered, "Oh, Brenda, nothing matters but Jesus!"
We scramble after money, relationships, and responsibilities. We let our energy trail to draining places. What a terrible waste to wait till the end of our lives and discover that all our efforts have been for naught. All that really matters — is Jesus.
Prayer: Father God, You let us choose our own way. You give us the freedom to scurry away, but You also give us the freedom to choose the love that forgives us. Remind us to pause today and find true worship: Christ in us, the hope of glory! In Jesus' name. Amen.