A few years ago I treated myself to a Roomba… you know, one of those robotic vacuums that magically tracks its path and cleans every inch of your floor. Recently, while it was running in the kitchen I was unloading dishes and cleaning counters.
And that’s when I noticed it continued to miss a small section of floor which seemed to have an abundance of grass and dirt.
So I did what every Roomba owner would do.
I got down on my hands and knees and swept the dirt into its path.
Just as it was about to successfully suction up the dirt it made a surprise turn and redirected its path because it was programmed to be concerned about the far off corner of the room rather than what was immediately in front of it.
So I crawled along on the floor and again, with my hands, swept the dirt into its new path.
And again it seemed to intentionally dodge the pile of dirt.
This process went on a few more times until I moved the dirt so close to the machine, it was almost impossible for it to miss.
I know what you’re thinking. Considering the time I invested, I could have just picked up the dirt and put it in the garbage myself. I realize that now. But at the time I was committed and determined. Don’t judge.
But this experience made me laugh a bit… at myself and also at how similar it must be for God. It may sound silly, but stay with me here. He so often puts things in my path that are right for me. Things that I was created for. And just as I’m headed towards them, I make a quick turn and miss them altogether because I’m preoccupied with something off in the distance. So He patiently finds a way to put them back into my path again, and again… and again, until finally I run right into them.
It makes me wonder what my journey would be like if I paid a little more attention to what is right in front of me. So often I’m checking my calendar on my phone and preparing for events later in the month. But what if I was more intentional about what God placed in my path for today. What if I focused on navigating the day ahead and allow God to handle the things off in the distance? Because God rarely reveals His plan all at once. Instead He shows us one day at a time.
Maybe we could do this together. Take smaller strides through today, with more focus on what’s right in front of us. I imagine we’d find that our worry about what’s ahead diminishes and our joy in today would increase. And as we practice this day after day, our trust in our future would be more grounded in Jesus and our ability to embrace the moment would shine. I’m in. Are you with me?
Relevant Verse: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Lord Jesus, please help me trust that You have the days ahead covered so I can invest in the joyful gifts You’ve placed in front of me today. Thank you for your faithfulness. Amen.