Yesterday was not a good day. I encountered problem after problem all day. Two of my boys and their families are coming today and we have been trying to get it looking semi-nice. My new house is under construction, and they are digging out and hauling dirt for the foundation with ten dump trucks coming in here one right after another. A full set of painters is here painting the outside of the cabin in which I live, and a big crew of fence guys are here installing a picket fence in the front yard creating a muddy mess.
With that many people here bad things were bound to happen. The construction guys broke a water line, somehow, they managed to trip all the breakers in the house and equipment barns, ran over my septic system, and last night as they were leaving destroyed my electric gate by sideswiping it with a big 18-wheeler truck hauling a forty-foot trailer.
With all of that going on, the guy who designed my farm signs had them sent COD from Fed-Ex after I had already paid the invoice. I rejected them but now he wants me to give Fed-Ex two more checks for the same thing and he will give me credit later. The amounts don’t even match so I’m scratching my head wondering why.
With all that chaos, I felt like screaming and cursing and hitting someone or something, but mostly just took it in stride. I almost took it out on my wife who electronically closed the gate from her phone before all those clowns left, but I caught myself. Then she calmly explained that they had called her and told her to close it, saying they were through for the day. They were through, but others were still there and when they left, they are the ones that tried to go through the gate while it was closing and ended up destroying it. (The gate only allows one vehicle at a time to go through unless it is set to stay open).
I mentioned to my wife that retirement was not boding too well with me. At least when I was working, I was being paid to solve all these problems, this was just costing me money and aggravation. She was not sympathetic to my whining. Sigh…
So, life is not always what we want it to be. Today my kids and grandkids will arrive, and we are excited to see them. I trust that things will go well for the next few days as we visit and spend family time together. This situation reminds me of riding out a bad storm. It is dark, threatening, often cold and miserable, and the ferocious wind and the rain takes its toll, but the sun always comes out afterward and offers up a splendid bluebird day where you walk outside and say, “It’s good to be alive to see this gorgeous day.” I’m hoping today is one of those days.
I’ve read that the holidays are a catalyst for strife and turmoil in families. It should be just the opposite; we should not dread these days, but optimistically look forward to them knowing that nothing can happen that cannot be resolved. Most importantly we must look to God and not Satan. I’ve often wondered how Satan could hate us so much and why. In the Bible he is called, The Destroyer, Father of all Lies, A Murderer, A Deceiver, and so on. Why does he hate us so and want to destroy our lives, not to mention ruin holidays?
I don’t know the answer to that, but he would have no success whatsoever unless we allowed him to do so. The Bible is clear that we must not yield to his hate and put on the full armor of God to fend him off. As born-again believers, faith is all-important in our battles. When we have an abundance of faith, invariably, we look forward always to a better future. We know that our suffering is but for a little while and then we are delivered and free from Satan’s grip. So, when having bad days, don’t anxiously wonder how this problem or that problem will be solved and what if it doesn’t and so on. Just work through the problems one at a time and yes, “this too shall pass” my friends. Just look for the sun to break through the clouds and put a smile on our faces.
Pray for having more faith . . .
And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!