The First Step To More Good Days

Hats Off to the Inventors

Today, I started looking at the creativity all around me. My life is better because others saw a problem and created a solution. From my dishwasher and freezer to my artificial tree and flat-screen television, there are wonderful inventions all around us boasting of human creativity.

Inventions come from interesting stories, often about a short season of life. Others then improve the invention as technology enables them, It is not a singular creativity that changes lives, but a collective one. Many inventions would be limited to a single person or family’s needs without the collective creativity. Instead, we have portable and built-in dishwashers with various sizes to suit many different needs,

Divine Intervention

Since people constantly make mistakes and work competitively, it is amazing we can build anything together. I have seen, both in history and in my personal experience, the divine intervention in our creative endeavors. It seems God favors inventions to solve a problem, and He uses His creative way to encourage inventors to work with other people. They seem to work together perfectly, though neither one is near perfect.

We are never too fallen or broken to be used by God, but we need to be willing. God made me and you in His image. Both individually and collectively. In the same way each cell and the entire body reflect God’s image, He has made us so intricately with a plan to connect and pursue us. We can only praise Him in awe of the intricacy and magnitude of His divine plan.

Let Go and Seek God

Lately, I have been struggling with some hormonal adjustments (again). I have seen my productivity and concentration plummet as I struggle to keep the house together and the children fed balanced meals. There has been an immense amount of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches here while we fight hand-foot-and-mouth. And I have been feeling defeated. Today, I had a good day. It feels like I may have finally adjusted and healed as I revive my motivation. I forget too easily of the love God has for me on my bad days. The good days remind me of His love, but I struggle to seek it out on the bad days.

My joy and hope, during both the good and bad days, have rested in God’s unconditional love. As His beloved daughter, I can find peace, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Even when life is hard and others do not show grace or love, I must remind myself that their grace will not be sufficient, but God’s mercies are new every morning. And it is only through God’s divine intervention I might have freedom and restoration. All my endeavors, creative or mundane, can bring the same freedom and restoration to the world around me through God’s plan. I am given purpose and love every day, because God has a “hope and a future for those who love Him” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Jeremiah 29:7-14 English Standard Version (ESV)

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream,[a] for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the Lord.

10 “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[b] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.