October 11, 2014
Overcoming Adversity with a Smile
I don't know how much longer I can keep up with this pace. I need a break, a nice long break, but there is no "break" in sight for at least another month. I am trusting the Lord to provide for me, to keep my head in the game, and to help me complete all the tasks assigned to me. Still the workload is getting to me, and I am feeling my "50-something" body start to complain loudly that it is being pushed to the limit. Oh, to be 25 again! Yes, I would welcome the energy, the zest, and the ability of that 25 year old "me!"
Sometimes I think, well I ask, the Lord why He waited so long to bring all this "good" into my life. Why Lord? Why now?
I know the answer, of course. His answer to me is always "I know you well" or "You were not ready." In truth, He does know me well. He knows my days and my hours. He knows my coming and my going (Psalm 139.2). He knows exactly what I can and cannot handle.
I take comfort in that thought, in the knowledge that the Lord knows my limits. Yet, there are days like today when I think He must have forgotten that I am almost 52 years old (on the 18th), and that my body doesn't do well without plenty of sleep. Lord, you do remember my age, don't you? (I hear him whisper to me "Yes, I know your age. I have you well-covered!")
Today is a good day. It is a good day to be alive and to be well. I am struggling with being overly tired, so tired that it becomes difficult to keep my eyes open. Yet, I have much work to do, and the deadlines are hard and fixed, they cannot be moved. I have to push through and keep on going, I cannot rest until I complete these tasks. Once I am done, then I will rest, then I will relax, then I will find restoration.
Today is a good day to be alive and well. It is a good day to be used by the Lord for His purpose and for His glory.