Oh Lord, forgive my sin,
And deign to put within
A calm obedient heart, a patient mind;
That I may murmur not,
Though bitter seem my lot;
For hearts unthankful can no blessing find. – M. Rutilius
So you’ve messed up. I certainly have time and time again, and found myself on my knees repeating the first line of Rutilius’s poem – Oh Lord, forgive my sin. What happens next? Time and wisdom teach us that we must be thankful for not only for the obvious gifts from God, but the less than obvious gifts – the consequences of our actions even if at the time they may seem harsh and unforgiving. Wisdom teaches us that when we find ourselves disposed to uneasiness, murmuring, or bitterness about the results of our misdeeds, we are denying the wisdom and goodness of God.
Life is full of wonderful days and days of sorrow. Life is full of grand celebration and great tragedy. Life gives us wisdom to see that in all events we should be thankful and in that thankfulness we always find God’s blessing.