Friday, February 27
I recently had to deliver some bad news in a work meeting, and struggled for some time trying to find the "right" way to phrase it. This was not news that would alter the course of anyone's life, but it was very awkward and I dreaded it. After pondering on it for a few weeks, the day was upon me and I still didn't know what to say.
The night before, I lay awake in bed worrying, and dreading daylight and the meeting that it brought. At 3:00 a.m. I gave up getting any sleep and retreated downstairs to the safety of my favorite spot in the house, my "Archie Bunker" chair. I noticed my wife's copy of Jesus Calling on the side table, so I decided to check out the current day's devotional.
To my surprise it dealt with my exact problem, handling a difficult situation and viewing it as a "rich opportunity" from God. The scripture from Isaiah 30:20-21 reads:
20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."
The devotional encouraged me to open myself to what God was teaching me through this problem and that by doing so it would lose its power over me. I said a short prayer thanking God for this opportunity and asking for the strength, courage, and wisdom to face it.
When the time came for my meeting later that morning, I still didn't know what I would say, but instead of feeling the typical symptoms of anxiety, I felt a calmness come over me. I'm not sure I said the "right" words, but with God's help, I faced my problem and it did lose its power over me. Although I knew that God would be with me, the scripture from the devotional opened my eyes to a different way of thinking of a problem as a lesson, with God as my tutor.
Father, help me to open my heart to your lessons so that I can overcome my problems that seem insurmountable. Amen