I think if there was vote for the least liked day of the week Monday would win! For me personally my Mondays are usually long, rough days and this past Monday felt especially long and rough! I arrived at my job and proceeded to look for my keys only to discover that I did not have them(A big rarity for me)! As I sat there waiting for someone to bring me my keys I knew I had about 30 minutes, so what do you do when you have that much time....you eat lunch!
Once I was able to get inside I quickly turned off the alarm but noticed there was another sound in the building that was not normal. I found out that a power outage had taken place over the weekend and caused all the computer systems to shut down entirely! It took another 30 minutes to get all of that up and running. I hate delays on days when I have a lot to do! Once I got it all straightened out I was able to finally get to work on a letter we needed to mail in the next couple of days. We have been experiencing issues between our software program and printer so when it came time to print the letter I ran a test copy first. No problems; great lets run a couple more...no problems either. I then proceed to send the remaining amount to be printed and begin another prepping step for the mailing. When I go back to check on the progress a few minutes later the printer is spitting out blanks(not a good thing)! After another 20 minutes of struggling to get it to work properly I finally am successful only to have the printer tell me its waste container needed to be emptied and I did not have one...did I mention that it was now five o'clock? At this point I am beyond frustrated and annoyed to say the least but it was only made worse when I discovered that we did not have any spare waste containers! I realized that I would have to call in the part and wait to print the letter tomorrow!
I probably should add that my Tuesday was not much better because the service company that handles all of our printer issues fumbled in their communication and never got the needed part to us until Wednesday morning!
If I were to be honest I was completely frustrated and cranky by Tuesday evening. It seemed that everything that could go wrong went wrong and I was flustered. It was not until later that evening that a thought occurred to me; it was as if the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear, "Sarah, did you even think to pray when things were going wrong and ask for help?". I am ashamed to admit this but it was the last thing on my mind. Unfortunately I am a very independent, self-reliant person that tries to do it all themselves. I was embarrassed to realized that what should have been my first response was my last. A friend once told me that people who are OCD are really control nuts; I happen to be OCD and when she said that I knew she was right. I also realized that I do it with God too. I want to be in charge; I want to control everything and I shouldn't. Psalm 23 tells me that the Lord is my Shepherd. Sheep are very dependent, needy creatures that rely wholly on their shepherd for all of their needs. I need to be more like those sheep. My Shepherd wants me to depend on Him fully and trust Him completely. When I do that my life become so much easier and less stressful. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:28-29. This is to be response to the turbulent activities in life; taking it to Jesus because He cares for me. I have the privilege of coming before the Lord, my Father, and sharing whatever burdens and cares I have including an ornery printer that refuses to cooperate! Nothing is to small or insignificant to Him!
I hope this post is a blessing; it may not be my best laid out piece but it was something that I wanted to share. This thought has been on my mind for the past several days and I wanted to pass it along. For the record I prayed about the issue before going to work the next day, that the Lord would let things run smoothly and for me to have a good attitude. There were still a few bumps but I am happy to say that the letter did get done!
I pray that you all will have a wonderful day and remember that God cares about every little thing in your life because He loves you very much! Have a wonderful Monday everyone!
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I am just an ordinary girl who is loved by an extraordinary God and I seek to love others the same way. I love to bake, read, do puzzles, watch Hallmark movies, and go shopping with my mom! This blog was created as a place where I could share some thoughts that the Lord has shown me and to be an encouragement to others who desire to know Him in a deeper way. My prayer is to learn to sit still and trust God with my future.