Earlier this week I had posted about the young man who I ran across in the Emergency Room at the hospital I’m currently working on a project in. I touched on the fact that he was so happy, despite his current situation of being burned all over his body, which truly amazed me. Though what he was dealing with was not my main point on that post I want to re-visit that situation and touch on some points to ponder.
This morning as I prayed while driving to work I couldn’t help but selfishly ask God “Please make this day go by quick…” repeatedly.
Don’t worry, eyes were open and hands on the wheel. Not so sure how “I was praying” would fly with the driver I ran into, or the police that come to the site for that matter. “Sorry Officer…I was going before the Lord in prayer…have you been saved?” Not the best way to witness.
I’m sitting here asking myself “Why was it I was asking for a speedy day specifically? I enjoy what I do. The drive may be long but it’s peaceful and I get to listen to some audio books. In addition I really can’t say that I’m currently in a rut”. I again was only thinking of my current situation of wanting to start the weekend with my fiance’ and get started on this semester’s school work as quickly as possible.
In hindsight, I wish we had a “Prayer delete” button. I could be mistaken but I’m pretty sure scripture doesn’t touch on that.
I was again reminded of that young man I passed by the other day. I thought “Thank you God for not giving me that fight.”
Many of us deal with our different struggles. Some alcohol or drugs, some financial, some sexual, some the irresistible urge to eat Joe’s cupcake out of the communal fridge in the break room (That lumps theft, gluttony, and who knows what else into one), and many other things this world thrusts in front of us without our willingness to accept, no matter how big or small. However, take heart in the fact that whatever you’ve been given by God is given to you specifically and can be handled and overcome ONLY by you (and in the stealing of Joe’s cupcake situation a little help from your local gym or trainer).
I thank God that I didn’t have to deal with a lot of struggles that could possibly happen to me. At the same time, however, I am thankful that God has given me my own hurdles to overcome. That’s right, I am thankful for them.
I may not be convincing you guys lately that I’m not crazy due to some of the stuff I went through, but to back up what I mean by that I’m reminded of the book of James. Reading through it I didn’t quite grasp at first what he said to “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,” in James 1:2
It took me a while to take from the scripture that we are being told that the simple fact we have the ability to face our own struggles and then turn it around and use it as our witness and testimony to glorify God. Your biggest struggle might only be that you said “Fiddlesticks” (or another choice of “colorful” words) last week in the foyer of the Church when you found out they were out of coffee. If that’s your struggle I want to shake your hand and get some pointers on how to up my game.
What does this have to do with finishing strong on this Friday after, for some of us, a long work week (and some may not end until tomorrow, so just “re read” tomorrow if you would be so kind to do so)? Be encouraged that whatever you have been given is just as much as you can handle and in due time will be used as a story for witness and testimony. Take a look at whatever situation your dealing with from an outside point of view.
Go into the weekend with wisdom from your current situation and tell yourself “I’m bringing my own coffee and cupcakes next week”.
Love you guys