Though I’m still in the learning curve, you’ll be glad to hear: the job is going well. It took a few of months to say that, since the nature of this work delays assessment till things bubble to the top. We’ve seen a few surprises, but it appears that most of what I’m doing is landing okay. And my coworkers are very experienced; they know first-hand that errors occur; we’re all human.
It’s an interesting part of life, isn’t it? Lovely Today brings its own special situation. Then—BAM!—the trickle-down! Fixes are needed pronto, for something somebody did some time ago. (We’ve also observed that certain hitches have a magnetic attraction for trouble! Once something goes south, everybody who touches it seems to mess up! Arrgh!)
I’m so thankful for grace.
After yesterday’s SNAFU, I was tempted toward flagellation (beating myself up), being overwhelmed (just throw in the towel), and hyper-analysis (ascertaining who had the biggest role in it).
Then, in stepped the King of Grace, reminding me that life is one big trickle-down: if I let it pool, I’ll soon be submerged. The best response is—you guessed it—get to higher ground. Remaining in that hole, a jagged, rugged rut caused by life’s ups and downs, is never a good idea. Whether it is disappointment, frustration, guilt, or anger, we do well to have the Pilgrim’s Progress—allowing the helping hand to bring us up from the Slough of Despond.
—- He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
—- Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.”