We all know that Mondays are rough. After a nice, relaxing weekend it is always just a little harder getting out of bed knowing that a pile of work is setting on our desk ready to kick our butt. I realize it is just Tuesday but the last two days have been Monday to the 4th or 5th power. It all started after lunch on Monday, my email box, cell phone and social media accounts were a barrage of bad news – all piled one on top of the other.
Tuesday, I woke up early and started my day and the compounding factor had already begun. By lunchtime I was tired, frustrated and ready to follow some advice an old motorcycle buddy gave me years ago, “shoot’em all and let the Lord sort them out.” Add to that about $1,000 in auto work on two of our cars, slicing my big toe open and I was ready to throw in the towel.
Desperately needing a little R & R I turned on a ball game only to see my favorite team down 5-0 in the 5th inning and that is when it happened. After the last two days I don’t know why in the world I would pick up my phone to check emails, but I did. It was a donor to the foundation I work for asking me to call them ASAP. Reluctantly I picked up the phone, bracing myself for more bad news when the voice on the other end indicated they wanted to make a substantial gift to our work in Africa.
I was reminded that when life really sucks, sometimes you have to ride it out because the sun is hovering right behind the clouds. After Job suffered far beyond anything I can imagine, “God blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part...” (Job 42:12). Sometimes when we are immersed the troubles, heartaches and struggles of life we forget that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1).