Have you ever seen dawn? I saw it this summer. My husband and I were on a cruise ship that was due to dock early one morning. We woke up and watched a new day break from our balcony. We were pulling into port just as the city was waking up.
It was amazing to see the start of something new.
Yesterday morning I woke up feeling like I needed a day off. I hadn’t slept well the night before. My throat hurt. My eyes hurt. My nose needed running shoes.
But I really wanted to go into the office. There was work to do and I love what I get to do.
I took some vitamin C and ibuprofen, drank hot tea, used some eye drops and got out the door.
The morning didn’t go as planned.
I created and posted the worst social media post ever.
I cancelled a lunch meeting because I knew I just couldn’t get through it.
And I discovered a potential problem in our database that had me comparing the database to a life-threatening illness.
Knowing my love for the database, the problem was probably not with the database, but with my attitude yesterday morning.
And then I decided tacos and guacamole were the answer to all of life’s problems (nevermind the fact that there are stacks of Bibles in my office telling me that Jesus is the answer) so I convinced my co-workers to put me in the back of a car and take me out.
As we were driving back from lunch, I received a text.
My boss firing me for the aforementioned social media post.
It was from a friend I hadn’t talked to in months.
She wrote: “Praying for you. Isaiah 43:18-19.”
I logged onto my Bible app and looked it up.
“Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”
How did she know I needed that?
And God made everything new (although I’m still convinced tacos and guacamole played a small part).
My boss did not fire me for the ‘worst social media post of the year.’
He actually invited me to be a part of a leadership meeting.
I came up with a step-by-step action plan for fixing the potential problem with the database.
By the end of the day, I wasn’t sure I wanted to leave. I joked to our Executive Pastor that I would bring a cot and live there. He unjokingly told me, ‘no.’
Problems will come up in our days. The database won’t work in a way we expected. Technology may fail. We may just be having one of those days.
Be grateful we serve a God who promises to never fail us.
Yesterday I was grateful for grace and forgiveness.
I was reminded yesterday that God – not tacos and guacamole – does make all things new.