Monday mornings can be tough! Can I get an amen to that? You have just had a lovely weekend sleeping in late and relaxing. You got caught up on housework and yard maintenance. You went out for dinner with good friends. You read some more of that great book you put on hold through the work week. You attended church and your spiritual batteries are recharged. You enjoyed that lazy Sunday afternoon nap and spent time together as a family in the evening before…MONDAY MORNING!
The hustle and bustle of getting kids out the door for school with lunches in hand, the husband off to work encouraged to take on the world, your hair and make-up applied and work clothes pressed, the purse loaded with all the essentials, the breakfast smoothie made for the road and the keys…where are the keys! Oh, and don’t forget, piano lessons after school and the family dentist appointments that follow!
And then Monday becomes Tuesday and the rat race continues. And Tuesday becomes Wednesday and you are half way through, but you look like you have been dragged through a fence backwards. And then Wednesday becomes Thursday, which is always the longest day of the work week with Friday teasing just around the corner. And then Thursday becomes Friday and you have a new sense of excitement and anticipation as Saturday is within reach! And then Friday turns into the long-awaited WEEKEND!
Add to this normal craziness of the work week, the unexpected curveballs of life, and the weekend seems ever more elusive. Time sometimes seems to get stuck impeding your ability to get to that place of rest and relaxation! The flat tire in the middle of rush hour traffic during your commute. The visit to the emergency room with your child who has suffered a concussion from school sports. The unexpected visitors that need a place to stay for a night. The “bad news” that demands immediate attention and action. The reminder call from the salon that your hair appointment is in a half an hour.
The countless decisions, the endless tasks, the unforeseen instances all take their toll on you. Exhaustion begins to set in making relief seem like a fairy tale. Daughters, we have all been there and sometimes the weeks drag on in this manner draining us of joy and life.
I absolutely love the devotional I am working through by Sarah Young entitled “Jesus Calling.” This devotional is filled with words Sarah heard from the Lord in her quiet times with Him. These words are so encouraging and challenging. As we walk through this week let us take heart in the words she heard from our Saviour.
“Let Me help you get through this day. There are many possible paths to travel between your getting up in the morning and your laying down at night. Stay alert to the many choice-points along the way, being continually aware of My presence. You will get through this day on way or the other. One way is to moan and groan, stumbling along with shuffling feet. This will get you to the end of the day eventually, but there is a better way! You can choose to walk with Me along the path of Peace, leaning on Me as much as your need. There will still be difficulties along the way, but you can face them confidently in My strength. Thank Me for each problem you encounter, and watch to see how I transform trials into blessings.”
This excerpt reminds me today to choose to walk with my Saviour through this week, with all its twists and turns, and keep from complaining and longing for the weekend. Each day, with all its fury, has opportunity to be a blessing for my life and the life of others. Each night this week I want to rest my head on my pillow with a smile on my face, joy in my heart and peace in my mind knowing that each day is an opportunity and not a trial!