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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Monday was supposedly the most depressing day of the year. That notion has been "de-bunked," but you've got to admit that mid-January can be the pits. Monday wasn't a particularly stellar day around my house. We had the day off from school for Martin Luther King Day. The kids hadn't been to school since the Wednesday prior, thanks to teacher work days.

By Monday, I was ready for school to start again. I mean, going back after Christmas break felt like a tease after all those days off.

Being teased makes me crabby, and I anticipated that crabbiness as I waited for the sermon to start on Sunday. I started to prepare myself for a difficult day ahead . . . the most depressing day of the year. I thought, "I sure hope Gary has something good up his sleeve today."

He delighted me with one of my favorite psalms:

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O Lord.

You hem me in - behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

And even though this was not my pastor's point, here what I thought about on Monday: God knows me.

He knew that, on Monday afternoon, I would say to my three year old, "Quit whining! Can you PLEASE say SOMETHING without whining?!??"

(He might have replied, "Can you?" It was not my finest moment.)

God knew I was going to get all the way to the grocery store with both kids only to realize that I'd left my list and coupons at home. He knew that I was going to lose my temper over that. He knew that my boys would hug me and love me anyway, in spite of my whining and lost temper. He knew that I would go across the street to babysit, and those girls would hug me and love me, too. He hemmed me in, even on the most depressing day of the year.

Made me think of this song:

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As a result, it really wasn't that bad.

How was Monday for you? Did you feel hemmed in, or held, by God?


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15 Responses to “If you are reading this, you made it.”

  1. That is one of my very favorite songs.....and I'm so thankful to hear how you were carried through the most depressing day of the year!

  2. Was there any reason Monday was the most depressing day of the year? 

  3. i love that song!!!  and i love the idea of being hemmed in.  held.  always and truly.  by Him.  it's really the only safe place to be, isn't it?  safe from ourselves! :-)  
    blessings to you as you finish out your week!

  4. Monday was great, but then, I don't have kids, but I do whine too much, especially lately. That's why i needed the road trips on Sunday and Monday. It gave me a chance to breathe, plus a little confession to my friends helped, too, to unload the burden.

  5. God gives His joy in all kinds of circumstances, doesn't He? Thanks for sharing your struggles here.

  6. i think we all have those moments and i am glad you captured it for yourself...and shared it as it helps us to recognize them as well...great song...wrap yourself in grace

  7. One of my favorite pieces of scripture-the first that called me to Him. Wonderful post!

  8. this is so comforting, this being known by God. thank you for the beautiful reminder friend. (and i`m glad i did know monday was supposedly the most depressing day of the year! i think i would have felt sad, just knowing that :))

  9. Hi Emily - I always appreciate you stopping by. And yes, "supposedly" - I'm sure God chuckles at human predictions about the days. That's why it mean so much to be known by him. 

  10. Thank you, Brian. Love how you put that, "Wrap yourself in grace," - lovely. You, too.

  11. Hi Nikole - So glad you got to do that. Friends and road trips are a wonderful combination.

  12. Thanks, Steph! It is a wonderful place to be. Blessings to you, too!

  13. Hi KD - No, no reason. It is just pseudo-science that was announced a few years ago, and then de-bunked more recently. 

  14. Thanks, Rebecca. It is a great song and I'm so glad you like it, too. Have a great weekend!

  15. I am reading, so proof that I made it too. :-) Isn't Jamie Grace wonderful? I bought her CD for my 16-yr-old, but I listen to it just as much as she does.

    Psalm 139 is one of my favorites. I love that the Lord hems us in; there's no escaping his grace, his love, his fresh mercies every day. So thankful.

    And I could do with a sermon on whining for me too. ha. But I think you just preached one. Thanks.