There is only one way to deal with Mondays: with our eyes opened!
Devotional Thought of the day:
When the servant of the man of God got up early and went out, he discovered an army with horses and chariots surrounding the city. So he asked Elisha, “Oh, my master, what are we to do?”
16 Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.”
17 Then Elisha prayed, “LORD, please open his eyes and let him see.” So the LORD opened the servant’s eyes. He looked and saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 1 King 6:15-17 HCSB
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:26-29 (NLT)
404 You say you’ve failed! We never fail. You placed your confidence wholly in God. And you did not neglect any human means. Convince yourself of this truth: your success—this time— was to fail. Give thanks to our Lord, and try again!
There was a great desire to sleep in this morning, to pretend Monday didn’t exist. While Mondays are a study day, I have to admit Holy Week exhausted me.
And while I didn’t feel like a failure yesterday, today I am not so sure! (This is called the Elijah syndrome – after major spiritual victories we want to hide!) But I’ve often dealt with failure, especially on Mondays. Not just the feeling I’ve failed, but the knowledge I have failed, or I am actively experiencing failure.
In those moments, I feel like Elisha’s servant, all I see around me is pressing in on me, and there is no escape. “Oh no, it’s Monday, what are we to do!!!” And the sake of being alone, and without hope rises like the tide and we fear it will drown us.
At least that’s how my Mondays and several other days a month often feel.
It’s as if I’ve forgotten the promise in Romans 8:28, that all things work for good, including Mondays. That I can’t picture God doing something in the present circumstances, so I can’t understand my success is found right in the midst of the failure. Just as the time between the cross and the resurrection was not a failure in the true sense of the word, neither is this time or failure, or anxiety about it, a true failure.
We need to have our eyes opened to this, just as Elisha’s servant did. We need our trust in God rekindled until we can go through the dark times, and trust that the good times are coming.
For God is with us, Jesus is risen indeed, and that means we are given life and a life where the plan all works together….
His plan, not mine.
This is why I adore Him (when I can remember this!) This is why I praise Him, for He is our God, and we are the people whom He loves.
Just need to remember that on Mondays…. and every other day that has a d in it.
Let me pray for you ( and please pray for me)
As our Lord opens your eyes to His presence today, may you rest, as you dwell in His peace!
Question of the day….. how does knowing you are loved help you through the hardest of days?
Escriva, Josemaria. The Way (Kindle Locations 1013-1015). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.