Ever have one of those days that seemed like it would never end? It’s a day where all the best plans and hard work just don’t seem to be enough to accomplish the required work load for that day. Throughout the day you catch yourself thinking it will also be a long night, because you know that when you lay your head down to sleep that you’ll never be able to go to sleep until you are too exhausted to stay awake. You’ll not be able to sleep because you can’t get all the unfinished work off your mind. Work you’ll have to face tomorrow. This is another dread which seems to plague you during the day. The dread of TOMORROW!
We all have had days like this where no matter what we do the flow and swell of the day seems completely out of our control. It’s very frustrating and can cause us to strike out at those who are trying to love and comfort us, even God. Christians are not exempt even though they are saved, have the Holy Spirit, and adopted into God’s family. These do not eliminate the storms of life. They just get us through them.
I have had days, plenty of days like these. Being a control freak I have been greatly troubled over days I can’t seem to get a handle on. Recently a day like this appeared in my life and I just continued to work checking off things on my list that I could accomplish. I finished the day with some piddly office stuff and went home at my regular time. I was determined not to let my attitude be affected by all the changes to my schedule.
God got me up again the next morning and I made it in to office an hour early. I planned to stay a little late but not too late. The day was packed with at least two days of work if not three. The worry of the unexpected showing up at my door gnawed at the back of my mind wanting to establish fear and panic in my day. I slowly worked through my list once again determined not to lose a Christlike attitude [Philippians 2:5]. The question passed through my mind, ‘Sooooo isn't God good?’ [Matthew 7:11].
YES! Because I don't have to get stressed, frustrated or mad [Ephesians 4:26-27]. That's my choice as to whether or not to grieve the Holy Spirit [Ephesians 4:30] who is working in me [Colossians 1:29] to get me through all this. He says He will not put more on us than we can bear and will always provide a way through the temptations to react in the flesh [1 Corinthians 10:13]. I'm glad I don't have to face this day alone [Deuteronomy 31:8]. He is good and good all the time [Psalm 73:1]. He does not stop the storms of life but gives us peace [John 14:27], if we will take it, to get through the storms of life. It's our choice to tread water or use the water wings He provides for us [Deuteronomy 30:19]. I have come to the point in my life where I choose the water wings of God [Psalm 119:30].
Be blessed and choose to rest in Jesus [Psalm 37:7].
Hugh Folds, Interim Pastor SPBC