First Day of Fail?

This morning I came into the church hot. I know it's Texas, and it's September. It's also the first day of Fall (technically). But I walked into my office from my car, probably 50 feet away, sweating. I've had it with this awful, sticky weather. Anyway, I decided to go to the Celebration Center for my daily devotional time. I gathered up my tools:

  • The Book of Common Prayer
  • My prayer beads
  • My weekly guide for prayer
  • Bible
  • Daily reader
When I sat down on the front row, I glanced down at my new fitness tracker I purchased the other day. I wanted to re-focus on my fitness goals, and I thought a built-in accountability partner on my wrist might help. Yesterday I met my goal of 10,000+ steps. So far this morning, I saw, I was over 5,000. I also noticed my heart rate was around 100; it's usually closer to 70. Like I said, I was hot and sweaty. So I swiped to the right on the tracker a few times and found the Relax setting. I set it for five minutes of breathing exercises.

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

After five minutes, my heart rate dropped to 79. Ready to pray.

I decided I would walk the Celebration Center, rather than sitting in a chair. Bonus: prayer + steps. When I was finished I looked at my wrist and the screen was blank. Did the battery run out? Did I lose those steps? I don't know. I returned to the office and plugged the thing in to recharge.

It would be easy to focus only on the failure. I (maybe?) lost those steps on the counter. But I did walk; and while I walked I prayed. That's the big picture here, right? How often do we lose sight of the gain, the success, the goal achieved, because we are hung up on the details? As I walked the Celebration Center, I repeated over and over again: "You open wide your hand and satisfy the needs of every living creature" (Psalm 145:17).

So let's spend some energy considering how God opens the divine hands to us and every living creature. What is it you have received from God today to satisfy your needs? Especially on the days when things don't work exactly as we would like for them to, let's look past the minor irritations so that we can celebrate the blessings.

But really, it's time for Fall to show up. I'm ready to stop sweating.