Does this sound like you? Yesterday, running to the grocery store quickly, with no time to get ready, I offered up a quick “Please Lord, don’t let me see anyone I know!”
This weekend consisted of taking care of my nephew while my sister was sick with the stomach flu, and then me being up all night with my husband who caught that same nasty bug, to then being up all day with my healthy, happy, extremely energetic and curious baby boy. Needless to say, I was exhausted by last night.
Needing some soup for my husband (and ice cream for myself) I ran to our local grocery store. Trying to keep a low profile I stayed very focused on what I was doing, grabbing the items I needed and then darting to the check out.
Climbing back into our vehicle I caught sight of myself in the rear view mirror. Yuck. I had tried to wipe off the remnant of make up that was under my eyes with my hand, but hadn’t done a good job. Thriving had not been the priority of the day, surviving had.
I felt the Lord whisper something softly to my heart. Not in an accusing or judgemental way, just him putting what was on his heart into my terms. He told me that the residual make up on my face, was like the residual anointing left on us when we don’t come to him anew each day.
The bible talks about coming to the Lord each day for new anointing, new mercies and new strength.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:23)
You are arrayed in holy garments, and your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew. (Psalm 110:4b)
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Proverbs 30:5)
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
There are many other examples in the bible of people strengthening themselves in the Lord each day.
The Israelites in the Old Testament were given manna and quail from heaven. The Lord provided for them this food day by day. Deuteronomy 8:4 explains;
He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.