Today I was facing a couple of difficult things at work, nothing to be alarmed about but difficult. These things aren't the norm for me; I've had to regroup a little bit and get a better perspective on things. There are times when we're dealing with things that are hard, annoying, life-sucking, redundant and just plain weird. We get sucked into the misery of these things. We have pity parties, drama festivals, mini-meltdowns, grumpy faces, and free therapy sessions with anyone who happens to walk into our rooms. But shouldn't we expect these things? Seriously. They've happened in the past. Do we have good reason to think they won't happen again in the future? Is it reasonable to believe that people won't let us down, that bad things won't happen, and that everything will march along problem free? Umm....no. Maybe in never never land, but this fellow's name isn't Peter and I don't wear tights. Life isn't about controlling our world and trying to force it to conform to our every desire, whim, and wish. Life is about maintaining your integrity, faith and character in an ever changing world where we have no control. In a tough spot? They come. They go. Be who God has called you to be, do what he's called you to do, stay the course. And read Solomon in Ecc 3 for some perspective.
1 For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Leviticus 24-25