On a Monday…

Have you ever had a morning when the whole weight of your situation and your circumstances just hits you hard the moment you open your eyes? And when it’s on a Monday morning I find it even harder. A Monday is usually a good day. It signals a fresh start to a week. It’s a clean sheet of paper that is looking forward to be filled.

This particular Monday morning was one of the hard ones. There had been so many weeks of high pressure and high stress, a nasty cold was added to the mix, too little sleep, some family concerns that would not go away, a friendship that hit some obstacles… I couldn’t see the end of my list…  On that Monday it was really hard to get going. I had to force myself to get up. And that’s never a good sign. As I brushed my teeth and cleaned my face, I continued on that downward spiral.

But then I shifted my eyes to the side of my bathroom mirror. And I started reading out loud the Scriptures I’ve taped on there on post-it notes. (By the way, my bathroom mirror is getting so full of Scriptures right now that I might have trouble seeing my face in there one of these days…) And here is what I read that morning from one of my post-it notes:

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.”
Habakkuk 3:17-19

Once I arrived at the word “yet” I knew it was a turnaround in my attitude and in my thinking. I had to make a conscious decision to “rejoice in the LORD”, to “be joyful in the God of my salvation!”

These 3 verses from Habakkuk have been on my mind since I came across them on March 7. Sometimes I find it hard to accept the hard stuff in my life. But it’s all part of me, part of who I am. The thought that comforts me most when I have to deal with the hard stuff is that my God is in it with me. I’m never alone! “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)

That day I just kept repeating the second part of the Habakkuk passage over and over in my head. I decided to park my mind on God and on His promises!

What does your Monday look like? Do you face some hard stuff?

“Commit to God whatever burden He has placed on you. Don’t just cast it aside, but put it over onto Him and place yourself there with it. You will see that your burden is then lightened by the sense of companionship.” Oswald Chambers

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