Yesterday was one of those days. For months, I’ve tried to figure out how The Special Gathering of Indian River Christmas play should be written. Special Gathering is a ministry within the mentally challenged community. Our population learns more slowly than normal; yet they are adults. It is important that the play is not only educationally appropriate but also appropriate for adults.
Regarding the play, I write it. Therefore, I begin searching for ideas for the next year as soon as the play is written for the current year. Sounds as though I’d be way ahead of the game by mid-summer, doesn’t it? That could be true if I can “see” the logistics of the play. Many years I’m a bit stumped regarding some portion of the production. My idea this year comes from the participation of the youth department at our program in one of our programs. Yet, how do I make it appropriate for our other program.
During my prayer time yesterday, I suddenly knew how the play should be written so that it would be age appropriate and would easily adapt to our other program that does not have youth participation. I began working on the play about 6:30am. By 9:30am, I was ready to send it to our staff and volunteers for their suggestions and comments.
By the end of the day, I was thrilled at the productive time I’d experienced. As I crawled into bed, I was pretty satisfied with the accomplishments of the day. I prayed, “Lord, thank you so much for the great day. I feel your presence and your pleasure because of all the work I was able to do today.”
Gently, I felt the Lord’s response, “Linda, I’m with you, leading and directing you at your least productive day, also. Sometimes I have a greater goal in your life than finishing tasks.”
Whoa! My tired brain soared. Of course, it is great to be able to complete tasks. But what about the days that you work diligently and nothing is accomplished. Is God pleased with your failed efforts? Will the Lord honor us, even when we fall short?
Years ago, Johnnie Lord, the wife of well-known Pastor Peter Lord, said that the Lord assured her that he was much more concerned about the intent of her heart than her actual performance. While the Bible teaches us this truth, we forget.
How has God assured you that he loves you even when you don’t “perform up to par”? Are you able to pass on to others the same gace and mercy?