Overwhelmed I duck. A thousand balls are falling towards me! Hands outstretched, weaving and ducking, trying to catch them! I fear them falling on my head!
It’s Monday morning and meetings are rushing towards me faster than an express train in rush hour! I’m not prepared! In my Mondayitis haze I can barely remember why I called these meeting… Failure is headed towards me like a spitfire out of control! Keep the hyperventilating on the inside! Breath, Gail, breathe! Breathe! Breathe, breathe. Inhale, and exhale ssslllooowwwlllyyy.
Pray, Gail, pray…
As I pray I’m prompted to think about the worst case scenario. Right now that would simply mean wasted time and probably holding the same meetings again tomorrow. Not something I like to do but really not a great problem at all.
Again, I’m prompted to think about the worst case scenario. Hmmm… maybe that’s not about me…
Aha! The worst case scenario has nothing to do with me or meetings or this overwhelming feeling. In this space I should be thankful.
Thankful that this is my worst case scenario – not hunger or abuse or holding my baby while I can do nothing but watch it die. Not poverty or disease or disaster. It’s simply having a To Do List that is increasing each moment and feeling unprepared for my day.
And that, that is not something to be anxious about but something to be thankful for, very thankful for.
And I am.
Thank you Jesus, for this day with so many things to do and not feeling ready. Thank you that my problems are insignificant by comparison to many others. Help those with real issues to wrestle with this day.
A deep breath, a thankful heart, a moment’s prayer and the waterfall of balls have disappeared.
Now I am ready for this day, prepared or not, here I come!
“Be anxious for nothing but in everything, through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Chirst Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7
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