The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” Psalm 37:23-24”
I never saw it coming. Day one of “Three Days” was so awesome you would think that the day following a trophy day would be at least somewhat awesome, right? Let me tell you that is not always the case. If you read, “Three Days, Day One” you know that I my day job is being a pastor and one day recently, I and the church, had a “trophy Sunday.” Now I need to be honest and let you know that not every Sunday qualifies as a “trophy Sunday.” In fact, some of them can be pretty difficult but that’s not a deal because it just the way life is. “Less than days” have nothing to do with where you work or what you do—it has to do with life. Like I said in day one, when you have a really good day, put it on your trophy shelf so you can easily find it when you need a reminder that you are blessed.
Well, you know that Mondays always follow Sundays. It is no accident that Mondays get a bad rap. It just seems that if you are going to have a challenging day, Mondays get the call and in my case, that is exactly what happened. So after the trophy day at church on Sunday, I bounded (slight overstatement there) out of bed about 4:10 am, ready to embrace the day. Because it was Thanksgiving Week and because my wife Judy and I were taking a trip down south to see family, I only had two days in the office that week. I expected and needed some productive time. There were several things that just had to get done before I left but I was confident that I could get it done. So, like a horse in the starting gate, I raced to the office…early.
When I got to the office, for fortification, I made a cup of coffee and then hit the spacebar on my computer and immediately noticed that it was a little slow to wake up. “Hmmm,” I said, wondering what was up with that. It did eventually start responding but things were just not right. One of the things I had to get done was to update the electronic sign for our church. To do that my Apple computer needed to talk to the sign which— speaks Windows—think EngIish and German. I have a program on my computer that is supposed to act like a translator but it was on strike. From there things just went downhill. Not only was the Apple computer not speaking to the Windows sign, everything, and I mean everything, just came to standstill. No matter what I did, no matter how many times I restarted the computer, nothing helped. I watched the clock as my precious day slipped away through my idle hands.
Now, I believe in God. I believe that God directs my day and my path. One of my favorite verses in the Bible says, “The steps of a good (good as in God’s goodness) are directed by the Lord and it is He who directs His path.” I know it and I believe it though my faith that particular day was sagging. In fact, I left the office that day feeling just a little put off with God. I mean didn’t He know I had to get this stuff done? Didn’t He know I only had a little time to get a lot done? Well, I finally just said to Him, “God why are you doing this to me.” I was frustrated and maybe, just maybe a little angry…if not at God at least the circumstances. Looking back, I realized that I was having a little case of “spiritual amnesia.”
Spiritual amnesia? Yup…it’s a real deal and I really had it. You see, I had already forgotten the “trophy Sunday” and even forgot to revisit it to remind me of God being a good God. I had forgotten that I believe that God directs and plans my day…meaning He had planned that day as an exercise of faith and trust…in Him. I forgot it all and that was not fair to Him, my wife, Judy, who bore some of the brunt of my frustration and anybody else who happened to be close enough to feel and hear my frustration. Are you getting the picture that Monday was not a “trophy day?” Ever had a day like that? Trust me, I get it and I understand and so does our Dearest Daddy.
Well, that night, I sat down at my happy home computer and worked and watched how that same God that I had grumbled about multiplied my time and efforts and much of what I needed to get done, got done in just a couple of hours. It was then that my “spiritual amnesia” fog began to clear. It was then that I remembered that God doesn’t do things to people…He does things for people. You see that non-trophy day was about learning—-I was in “God school” and He was teaching me things like faith, trust and patience. I also remembered the rest of that favorite verse. It says that even if I should stumble and fall, I will not stay down because He, God, will pick me up. I may fall in the mud puddle of frustration but He loves me too much to leave me there.
So the day ended better than it started. I went to bed that night with a feeling that no matter what tomorrow held, I would do what I could do and just leave the rest to Him. I got out of bed, had my coffee and had a little talk with Him and He whispered to me that He would be with me that day and that no matter what He would not abandon me. I knew that somehow the third day of “Three Days” was going to be ok and that what I write each day is indeed true, “He’s got this.” Bro. Dewayne