It doesn’t matter how the day is going, or what has been accomplished, something is bound to go wrong.  One of my favorite exclamations when this happens to me is ‘There is always something!’

We’ve all been there.  We plan an event, or a trip, or even just a simple, quiet afternoon at home.  We settle in and begin whatever it is we have chosen to do.  Then there comes a phone call, or a knock on the door, or a text.  Something that needs addressed, that must be seen to, that requires some action.  It’s not always important.  It’s not always time-consuming.  But it is enough, yes, I said enough, to ruin the time we have planned.  It is something, and it is always.

Let me give an example.  I love movies.  Especially the older black and whites.  Recently, I planned my time carefully so that I could watch a particular movie, one I had not seen for many years, and that I have not been able to find a copy of to buy.  It was being broadcast on TV.  I cleared my afternoon.  I had my errands already completed.  My house was neat and clean.  My pets had been fed and taken outside.  I had the house to myself.  I had my drink and snacks on the table beside my recliner.  I was ready!

About 15 minutes into the movie, the call came.  It was not an important one.  It was not a dire situation, or something that had any urgency.  It was a casual call from a friend, but it was a friend I had actually told about my movie afternoon.  You know, the movie I was trying to watch at that particular time!  As soon as I had determined that the call was not an urgent one, I gently reminded my friend that I had just begun watching my movie.  The one I had told her about.  The one she knew was not available on demand.  The one that was currently in progress.  The one I was MISSING!

Didn’t make a dent.  No comprehension, not a thought, not an idea even.  She did not pick up that the timing was wrong.  Mind you, I had been talking about this movie since I found out it would be on.  To her.  Specifically.  Deliberately.  But she didn’t care, she just had to keep babbling on about inconsequential things.  I was seething by this time, because my movie was going on without me.

And then, it started.  The feelings of guilt, of selfishness, of not being a good friend.  I remembered all the times she had been there for me, when I lost my dog to disease, when a relative went through a great trial, when I was sick…it goes on and on.  I asked myself what was more important…time spent talking to my dear friend, or an old movie that had no eternal significance?  I clicked off the TV and spent another hour talking, chatting, enjoying my friend.

Does this mean my movie was worthless?  No, of course not.  But when put up against a human need, it paled in comparison.  I may be fortunate enough to find it once again.  I am pretty sure I will.  Time alone with ourselves, for a break, for peace, for time with God, is important too.  But again, my friend is more important than any old movie.

‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.’ Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV)



About Lili

Lili lives in central North Carolina. She writes devotionals and Christian articles and has been published in e-magazines, newsletters, and articles. She is a member of Faithwriters.com. She and her husband Chuck love to travel, and are animal lovers as well. They are active in their local church. Lili credits God for any inspiration that allows her to write. It's all about Him!

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  1. Ohhhhh! Lemme tell you about there is always somthing! A month or so ago we were running into money problems. It go worse every day. It got to the point that my wife was going to kick me out after 20 years of marriage. All this time I was pretty much your average happy go lucky kinda guy. Things worked themselves out and the wife went back to work. Everything was going well…..for a day!

    After she got in a car accident, she went back to work and then had to stop because she has a concussion. The day after that, we found out that my brothers daughter ran away and has not been seen or heard from for five days. Then yesterday, my brother had to go to the hospital due to a massive kidney stone. And that is just a little bit! lol

    Even through all that crap and most of the family asking ‘could it get worse?’ and saying ‘there is always something’ a couple of us laugh it off and focus on the good.

    I believe God has a plan! It may not be what I want or expect, but He does have a plan and if I have to laugh my way through a river of s*** to get to the good stuff, so beit!

    There maybe always something, but at the end of the day it will be good no matter if you can see it or not.

  2. Thanks for your comment! Your humor comes through, and you know God says laughter is good medicine.

    I am sorry for what you and your wife and family have been going through. But I have the feeling all will be fine. You are right…at the end of the day, God is still there, and He is still in control. And He is good!

    I will be in prayer for you and your family. Please connect with me again with the amazing details of how God worked for your good!


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