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Prayer Devotional: Day 131

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. – Psalms 24:1 NIV

We belong to the Lord. He made the world remarkable.

When I had passed through Arches National Park in Utah on the way back to Idaho, I got to see a beautiful arch alongside the road. It took almost no hiking to pose for a picture in front of it, yet my shoes were layered with brick-colored, orangish dirt by the time I got back into the truck.

I was dismayed to find that I tracked the dirt into the immaculate hotel that I stayed at that night. I really didn’t want to track dirt everywhere, so I carefully washed the dirt off my shoes that evening.

The earth and everything in it belongs to the Lord. We don’t have to get mad if dirt gets on things we don’t want it to. All of it is God’s. It is not bad in and of itself.

It takes work to become mindful of our thoughts and emotions and disconnect them from things that are how they are. There is no inherent problem with dirt. It is a matter of perspective to choose what we get upset about or not. God can steer our thoughts towards thankfulness. Amen.

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