DEVOTION: Perverse

by Beth Bondurant
HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) - No matter how hard we try... pleasing others seems impossible. We try to accomplish a task to the best of our ability... but our efforts are deemed misdirected... wrong... our time misused or erring.

Our calculation of God's way may fall into this category of being perceived as perverse.

Why does God allow this or that.  Where is God.  What good can come of this.

We question most every event of our lives and are quick to condemn... no matter what.

"How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, 'We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy'. John came fasting and they called him crazy. I came feasting and they called me a lush, a friend of the riffraff. Opinion polls don't count for much, do they? But wisdom is proved right by her deeds."

We forget that freedom allows our perversion and we so easily fall away from appreciation and thanksgiving for God's gifts to us... poured out unconditionally... each and every new day.

O God, I am so blessed to be free... having your love and grace surround my heart, mind, body and spirit.  Forgive me when I fuss about every detail ... when I don't appreciate the hope and peace offered by those around me... when I overlook the simple truth of your presence in the voice...the touch of another.  I am perverse in nature and need forgiveness and direction... patience and gentleness... kindness and self-control.  Open my heart and mind to see your goodness and mercy ever moving in and around me.  Truly, I want your love to free me up ... so I am no longer perverse.