It's one of those mornings.
Have you ever had one of those mornings where it seems like the harder you try to be a help, the more you mess things up? (Enter pity party.)
I got out of bed this morning with a flourish. I was ready to start my long list of things that needed to be done. I wanted to be a good help to my husband so the first thing I did was I turned on the electric heater. I wanted him to have a warm room to wake up in. Then I rushed downstairs and turned on the iron to iron his clothes. I then decided while the iron was heating up I would make his coffee. I put water in the electric kettle and turned it on. I grabbed the slow cooker out of the fridge and put it on the counter. It had our lunch in it. I plugged it in to get it started. Then I realized my husband had coffee in his thermos I could heat in the microwave so he could have one cup of coffee quickly. I poured the coffee in his favorite cup and pitched it into the microwave. I turned the microwave on... and suddenly power went out throughout the house. In my flurry of helpfulness, I didn't realize how many electrical appliances I had turned on. I overloaded our electrical system. The husband I had been trying to help now had to spend time fixing the problem I made. I felt terrible.
While my husband was trying to fix my mess, I sat down to do my devotions. In my discouragement, I flipped to Psalm 34, then prayed.
"Lord, I need something this morning. I feel awful. I created more work for my husband even though I was trying to help him. Please give me something from your Word, not just to teach others, but to help me."
When I finished praying, I looked down and read.
Psalm 34:1 "... I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth."
Immediately I knew that verse was exactly what I needed. Here I was trying to wallow in my pity party pool, and the Spirit of God was showing me I needed to praise the Lord instead. He is worthy of our praise even when things don't go according to our plans. He is worthy of our worship and devotion even when things seem to be falling apart. He is worthy at all times. I don't have time for pity parties.
"But, Lord, how do I switch gears from pity party to praise party?"
I read a little more.
Psalm 34:2-3 "My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together."
We leave the pity party and enter the praise party when we get our eyes of off self and get our eyes back on Him. The guest of honor at a pity party is me! The guest of honor at a praise party is the Lord.
Yes, there are times when we have good intentions and honorable plans that don't work out. We have a choice in our response: pity party or praise party.
This morning I entered the pity party, but called out to Him.
Psalm 34:4 "I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
I like this new party much better. The Guest of honor certainly is more worthy!