What do you do when your duties seem to outweigh your abilities? Or your to-do list is looming over you like a big black thundercloud? You’re starting the week out with more work, activities, plans, assignments, and commitments crammed in than seem humanly possible to fulfill. And you don’t have enough help. I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there, and you may even be at this very tight spot right now.
First off, go ahead and acknowledge that it is humanly impossible. You are going to need great supernatural strength and help. Then humbly ask God to be your help. Ask Him to organize and guide your week. Commit it all to Him and then set your alarm clock by faith, committing Monday morning to Him, and go to bed.
Then, when the alarm goes off,Â turn to what can be done on the human level. We can ask for strength and wisdom and grace, but we still need to get it all done. God isn’t going to actually do it for us; He is going to enable us to do it with our own feeble brains and His mighty arm. It really does help to take one day at a time. Maybe just one hour of each day at a time. Each day has enough trouble of its own. So, what does Monday look like? It is usually do-able, if you take it one task, one job, one hour, or one item on the list at a time. We can get enough grace for the moment; it’s when we getÂ anxious over it that we get bogged down, down, down. But getting grace for Monday morning, for the 9-10 a.m. slot is entirely feasible.
Sometimes God gives us “hunker down” times when we have to put on our hip-waders and plod on through the bog. Eventually, if we keep plodding, things will open up. Those plodding times can be very fruitful times, even if they are difficult. So don’t lose heart. This may be a short time when you feel smooshed, or it may stretch out longer. But either way, you will not be forsaken or deserted by the God who loves you. He will help you through this.
And the other thing to remember in the midst of heavy duties is this: it could be far worse and far more difficult. Look around the world for a moment. Consider the earthquake devastation in Haiti, for instance. That is real trouble. That is extreme trouble. Consider how your troubles measure up to that. I bet your troubles are not as bad as they could be, but I guarantee that you can always make them worse. Your work load is not a national disaster. Thank God for His sovereign majesty and power and admire His providence. This will put your week into perspective.
Then walk on into Monday morning with your sleeves rolled up and pray as you go. God will bless you.