Monday, September 26, 2011

In the Middle of All the Stuff

Many People have issues with Mondays. The weekend is over. Time to go back to work. Nothing is going as planned. I've kind of had one of those Mondays, today. Now i'm aware that many bloggers say that it's better to sit down & write many blog posts in one sitting. Well, that's not how i work. I may have a list of many topics in mind that i refer to each week, but until i sit down to write, i'm never sure what message that God will put upon my heart.

One of my favorite songs that they play on our local Christian radio station, is "This is the Stuff" by Francesca Battistelli. It reminds me of "one of those days".

"I lost my keys in the great unknown
And call me please
'Cause I can't find my phone.

"45 in a 35
Sirens & fines
When I'm running behind.

"This is the stuff
That drives me crazy
This is the stuff
That's getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed
This is the stuff
That gets under my skin"

Yesterday, i thought that i had my topic for today. Plus, i didn't think it would take me long to jot down my thoughts. (Don't try to tell me that God doesn't have a sense of humor. tee he.) I didn't lose my keys.....yet; or my phone. But i did have a nice, unexpected 45 minute chat with my BFF. (I thank You & praise You, Lord for my BFF!) Then there was an issue with our clothes dryer last night. I had an idea this morning what it might be & if so, it should be a quick & easy fix. (The keyword here is should.) I investigated & found that i was correct in what was wrong. However, since i am a plus size woman & the laundry room is very small, it definitely wasn't an "easy fix". But i kept at it & many times thanked God for providing His physical strength, the fact that even with my arthritis, i could get down on the floor and eventually, back up. But mostly, i was thankful that no one was around with a camera to record this task. I'm sure it would've been very entertaining to watch. However, by now, i'm way behind my scheduled plan.

"Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business & make money.'
...Why you don't even know what will happen tomorrow.
...Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live & do this or that.'"
James 4:13,14a,15a (NIV)

I do know that God wants us to plan things, but we need to remember that He is the one in control. "This is the Stuff" continues to remind us

"But I've gotta bust
You know exactly what You're doing
Might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use...

"To break me of impatience
Conquer my frustrations
I've got a new appreciation
It's not the end of the world"

So, my list of tasks didn't get done today as planned. (Oh well.) And my frustrations are gone.(Thank You Lord.) And it's not the end of the world. Lord willing, there will be a tomorrow & many days to get our tasks done. And each day, i will pray that God's will be done. 

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