Let me ask you this: have you ever had “one of those days?” I know I have; I’m going through one of those weeks right now. I would love to tell you that people of faith are able to just sail through any difficulties they might encounter, but that’s just not the way life happens. There’s an old Yiddish saying: “man plans, but God laughs.” The Bible says it like this: “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
My week so far has been:
Sunday: preach/visit parishioner in hospital.
Monday: get the flu.
Tuesday: still sick/learn parishioner died.
Wednesday: sick/gotta do Bible Study.
Thursday: can’t move or breathe.
Friday: have to get youngest daughter from college; too sick to drive (thank God for people who are willing to step into the gap and help out by driving me to and from Spokane)/run wedding rehearsal.
Saturday: make dinner for reception/marry oldest daughter/dance at reception/collapse and go home.
Sunday: preach/visit family for funeral details.
Monday: still sick/30 year anniversary of marriage to amazing woman celebrated by waving from a distance because I don’t want HER to get sick.
Tuesday: time to perform the funeral.
I share all this to remind us that even in those times when we feel overwhelmed and lost; when we are “walking through the valley of the shadow of death” as Psalm 23 says, We are not alone. God sees it all. God knows it all. I certainly do not subscribe to the viewpoint that “God will never give you more than you can handle.” This week has been proof of that. I was absolutely unable to handle everything on my plate this week. I had to allow other people to step up and come along side. And as much as I detest not being strong enough to face the challenges I felt this week in the way I wanted to meet them,
I want to encourage you all with what has helped me this week: the words of Scripture which remind us that “’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” If you’re feeling like you’re facing one of those days (or weeks, or months), remember that even though it’s tough, you’re not alone. Jesus is always there.
Hang in there!
This article was written on behalf of the Moses Lake Christian Ministerial Association.