Today’s Challenges Tomorrow’s Victory

James 1:2-4

Trials and Temptations

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

This morning was a day that began like most other weekday’s. The alarm sounded off at 4 am. The snooze button was hit a couple times, before I dislodged myself from the snugly comfort, of the super soft velvet blanket. After the much needed short snoozes, it was time to get up, and begin the normal everyday grind of the work week. This day would turn into one of “those” days. You know, the one’s I’m referring to. We’ve all had those notoriously bad days before, I’m sure.

Why was today such a bad day, you may ask? What caused so many roadblocks and obstacles, to be thrown at me this day? Here’s the story. I supervise a small team of three at work. About two months ago, I regrettably said some things to our team, that I shouldn’t have. I took time to do some soul searching, and reflect upon my actions. I knew my actions were wrong, God was calling me to action. He was laying on my heart to repent, and make ammense with my team. He not only placed on my heart to apologize, but to give a testimony of Him to my team as well.

Wow! This was not going to be easy. Repentance, rarely if ever is. But, if we are living our life for Christ, then we must ask him and those that we have wronged, for forgiveness.

About two weeks ago, I called a lunch meeting with our team for Wednesday, September 12, at noon. The lunch meeting was set for a local restaurant, with an informal relaxed setting. But, as I mentioned earlier, this would be no ordinary day. God called me to address my team. But, Satan had other ideas. He was going to try to hinder or stop this meeting if he could. Why you ask? Because God called me to testify of Him to my team. There is a bible verse in 1 Thessalonians, that I was able to find.

1 Thessalonians 2:18…18 because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us.

On this day, Satan would definitely try to hinder the testimony of God, to my team.When I arrived at work in the morning, I realized my barcode scanner was missing. I remembered having it at my last stop, the day prior. But, wasn’t sure if that’s where it was. So, I spent thirty-five minutes scouring the office looking for the scanner., just in case. No luck, it wasn’t in office. So, I spoke with the I.T. department about using the backup. Of course that wasn’t configured for use, so I had to wait another fifteen minutes for the configuration. I was finally able to complete my morning tasks, and was running an hour and fifteen minutes behind schedule. Not good! After all, I had a noon meeting.

Since the scanner was used at my last stop the day prior, I stopped at the customer facility, and spent another forty-five minutes in search of the missing equipment. At this point, I was beginning to feel discouraged. I was thinking to myself, ok God, what else can go wrong in this day. Finally, someone saw me, I was told the scanner had been found. It was safely tucked away in reception. Great! This day was finally looking up.

Now, I could finally get on with my regularly scheduled stops, and hopefully get back in time for the meeting. I arrived at the next customer, unloaded my vehicle, put away and took inventory of a couple customer locations. When, suddenly, the barcode scanner ceased working. It would no longer scan barcodes. I tried resetting the scanner several times. No luck! Another twenty minutes had passed by. I was something like two hours behind at this point. The clock was ticking. I said a quick prayer. One more reset, and the scanner functioned again. I was able to complete my duties at this customer, and move on to my final delivery of the day.

I rushed out of the customer facility, and arrived at the final stop. That stop actually went pretty well, until I left to drive back to the office. On my way back, I got stuck by a train, that was crawling along. It was now about 11:40. The drive back would take about 40 minutes. There’s no way I’m getting back by noon.

I thought about canceling the meeting, but felt God tugging at my heart to just call and see if a later time would work. I found out another employee of mine, had an emergency call, so he would be delayed as well. Satan was really working to stop this meeting. I said a quick prayer, and contacted my employees. Praise God! We were able to reset the meeting to 1 pm.

Psalm 46:1-3

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

This day was a difficult one for sure. For starters, I had to apologize to my employees for a lapse in judgment on my part. While all during the day, recognizing that Satan was trying to stop my testimony to my employees. Even though we were delayed, our meeting was a productive one. I was able to apologize to my employees, and speak a bit about how God was working in my life. A really trying day, turned out to be a wonderful one. And God was present, at every twist and turn.

Sometimes it’s easy to loose focus on God, when our life gets hectic. But, we have to remember, it’s not according to our will, but God’s. It’s all in His timing. If you’re struggling with life, lean on God, He’ll give you the strength to go through your struggles.

Isaiah 40:31

31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

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