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Rainy Days and Mondays
March 19, 2018
I wake up pretty early on Mondays due to the responsibility of facilitating a men's discipleship group every Monday morning at 6:00 am at our church. Because of this I generally try to roll out of the bed around 4:30. That’s early for me! Generally, I am up around 5:30 - 6:00 and that is painful enough, but I digress. This morning when the alarm went off I could hear the subtle sound of rain falling. Now this should be no surprise to those of us who live in East Texas. We have received a tremendous amount of rain this winter and spring looks like it is going to be just as wet. The rhythmic, hypnotic sound of rain made getting up that much harder. Also, the realization that it was Monday and would be all day. You see, for Pastors, Mondays can be very challenging. You have given it your all on Sunday, you have interacted with many people and different circumstances. You have heard stories of victory and joy and you have more than likely heard the reports of disappointment and often times complaining and murmuring. Don't get me wrong, this is what shepherding people is all about. As a Pastor I need to be available and patient, long-suffering and understanding. Having said that however, at times it can weigh on you. Also there is the challenge of the adrenal bleed that follows preaching. You have poured your very soul into God's people. If your worth your salt, you did not just give them a message...you gave them your very life! With that there are committee meetings, at times counseling, and trying to fit in some family time on the Lord's Day. Suffice it to say Sundays can be very challenging and Mondays should be a day of recovery. Some have said "Why don’t you just take Monday off?" and the answer given by a wise, seasoned Pastor is "Why would anyone want to feel that bad on their day off?" Well, before I sink into the hole of self-pity let me simply say that the rain was not very helpful. A day of recovery with rainfall and cloud cover was not a good prescription on a day filled with dullness and self-imposed disappointments. So, there you have it. I will say what many Pastors will not. We often times struggle with discouragement and disappointment due to a heavy workload which takes a toll on your soul. There is at times a sense of failure in accomplishing that which you feel like God has called you to do. The struggle with wanting to be liked and at the same time maintaining the prophetic mantle, and last but not least...just good old-fashioned fatigue. So here I am on a Monday writing about this. So today, after a couple of hours in the office I decide to meet my wife for breakfast. As I walk out guess what greeted me? The most glorious sunshine and clear sky than you can imagine. I mean it was a 'night and day' difference! By the time I got to my car I felt better! I rolled the windows down, and although it was still a little cool, the wind and the fresh air began to have its full effect on me. I felt better! Not good, But better! I was reminded between the church and the cafe where I eat breakfast (An unsolicited shout out to "Hazels Country Cafe" the best breakfast in Rusk County!) I was reflecting on the goodness and the grace of God. I prayed for my wife who would be traveling to take care of her aging parents for a few days. I prayed for my 13-year-old son who just started at a new school, and I reflected on my bible reading earlier in the morning. I am pretty sure it is still going to be Monday all day today! However, I know this, it is going to be fine. The Sun will make all the difference in the world.
Maybe you're going through a rainy-day Monday season of life. You're just tired. You're simply drained. You are discouraged and disappointed, you have perhaps been hurt. Friend...believe me, I feel ya! Been there and at times I am still there, and I know this...I will be there again. I simply want to remind you He who holds the stars in His hand, causes the sun to rise and set, holds back the oceans and sends the rain is the same one who will send the sun and a cool wind to bless you even in the midst of your 'Monday', even in the midst of the rain, He will minister to your soul. In the Bible, Job went through a particular rough 'Rainy Monday' season in his life, and he summed it up like this;
"Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life.
The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21 CSB)
I am absolutely sure he had more to be down about than I do today, yet Job knew something we need to know. Everything begins and ends with God. He controls our lives and our destinies and He is not moved by our circumstances. I am grateful to serve a God like this! So let the rainfall...and if He purposes it in my life, let it be Monday all week long (Man, I hope not!) God's got this! Because God has got me! In the 70's, a popular pop band, "The Carpenters" had a hit entitled "Rainy Days and Monday". There was a line in that song that captures the heart of what I am trying to say. Although it was not a gospel song, nor do I intend for it to be, the line none the less captures the heart of this article.
"Funny, but it seems I always wind up here with you
Nice to know somebody loves me
Funny, but it seems that it's the only thing to do
Run and find the one who loves me (the one who loves me)"
Friend, when faced with a Rainy Day Monday, run to the one who loves you...it really is the only thing to do!
ps - here is a blast from the past!
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