Sometimes an extra dose of adrenaline is all it takes to get an early start to the day. After I wrote yesterday’s page, I ended up in a conversation with some friends instead of cleaning. After the conversation was over, I was tired so I decided to head home to get some sleep and then go in to work this morning to do the usual early morning cleaning and prep. As it turned out, that was a better decision than I had any idea it would be. Sometime around 4 AM, we were awakened by a buzzing sound that ended up being my cell phone. By the time I got to it, the security monitoring company had left a message that the alarm at work had been triggered. Even before I heard the message, just seeing “security monitoring” on the caller ID was enough to get the adrenaline flowing and I was wide awake as I threw on some clothes so I could head to work to see what the issue was. As it turned out, this was just a false alarm and everything in and around the building was secure. While it was a couple hours earlier than planned, I figured that while I was there I may as well start my day and get the cleaning and building prep done.
As I went about the cleaning, I sang a variety of hymns that I grew up on and found that they brought relief to my anxious spirit and calmed my mind as I sang. While an unexpected phone call can raise my adrenaline level, a lifestyle of worship can restore it to some sense of normalcy. Once the building was ready for the day, I turned my attention to finishing up the design of the display banners I began working on yesterday. When they were ready, I submitted the files to the printing company so they would be finished before my next scheduled conference. Shortly after noon I found that I was wearing down and then realized I had been up since 4 AM on what is normally my day off. With a weariness taking over and a windchill temperature near zero, I headed to lunch and then went home to spend the rest of the day relaxing as I did some initial research into possible family vacation destinations for this summer.
Today’s photo is one I took yesterday during a snowy hike at Potato Creek. Even in the midst of the falling snow, the brush was filled with songbirds finding food and singing their songs. In what most would consider adverse conditions, these birds clung to the twigs and made the best of it. So often, it is the trying, tense times of life that put us to the test. What we’re made of, or filled with, soon becomes evident by our response to the difficulty and whether we are able to continue to sing.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Life doesn’t always go according to plan — at least not our plan — and that’s okay.
- 4 AM phone calls may catch us by surprise but they don’t catch God by surprise.
- My “fight or flight” mechanism tends to lean toward the fright side of the equation.
- Worship goes a long way in reminding me of who God is and how much He cares for me.
- It is just as important to acknowledge God’s presence in the difficult times as it is in the good times . . . and every time in between.