The Turnaround

The past seven days have been incredibly hectic — and stressful at times, if I’m honest — but things have settled back into place for now, and I am grateful. I’ve been logging long hours at work (10-11 hour days), but the Lord has faithfully provided the energy needed to persevere.

The most arduous of days was Friday. Let me be clear: I have wonderful colleagues and the work is enjoyable, but even then, things can go wrong! Such was life last Friday.

However, much like the week before, the Lord provided just-in-time support, so I was not alone in my work. And even when the unexpected and unfortunate occurred, there was always someone available to provide guidance and support — a timely reminder that we’re never alone when things go left of center. So here’s the rest of the story:

As I mentioned, Friday was quite a day, and many things did not go according to plan. Additionally, I was slated to co-lead a training session that evening, and by day’s end, I was tired, hungry, and not as prepared as I would have liked (as my planned prep time had been eroded by other things). I had a window of about fifteen minutes to get back to the office, eat a much-belated lunch, gather my thoughts/wits, and pray.

You know how sometimes all you’re going on is the strength of the Lord, and nothing else? It was like that. I was so tired that my prayer was a simple, if not feeble one: “Lord, help!”

When I got up to speak, I had no idea what I was going to say, yet the words came. I made it through the first (easier) part by the grace of God, but that took the remaining energy I had left. I was still so very tired! However, I had one more training section to go.

When I got up the second time, I was even more tired (I did not even think it was possible!) and felt less sure of what I would say. I also wasn’t thinking that clearly, given the fatigue. Still, I prayed again, got up from my seat, and the words came.

When I sat down for the second and final time, I was completely spent (remember, I am an introvert). I felt like I had done an okay job, and simply wanted to go home and sleep. Eventually, the evening’s training session came to an end, and the participants began to disburse.

However, several of the attendees came to speak to me, and I was amazed at what they said:

▪️One said I was one of the best facilitators she’d ever heard, and asked if I’d be willing to take on a project that she was working on;

▪️Another said — and this is a direct quote — that she’d “never seen someone so perfectly suited for the work that she was doing,” and that she was deeply impacted by my sessions.

I couldn’t believe it. This presentation that I felt was lackluster at best, God had somehow used to inspire and encourage some of the men and women in attendance.

I share this with you not to pat myself on the back (far from it!) but to share the extent of God’s providential care for me that day. Not only did He get me through the day, He then used and transformed my words to minister to others, and then turned the situation around to bless me, too. The whole thing nearly brought me to tears (of joy and gratitude, and perhaps a little tiredness, too).

This is a long way of saying that we should never count God out, and always remember to give Him thanks when He shows up in powerful, unexpected, and needed ways! Simply put, there was just no way that I was going to be able to make it through that day (or any day, come to think of it) without Him.

I am reminded that the Lord has a great work for each of us to do, and He will equip us for the task — even when we feel tired, overwhelmed, and unprepared. Especially then, in fact!

I hope that the story is a source of encouragement for someone today. We serve a good God, and I am thankful. He never promises that life will be easy, but the Lord does guarantee that we’ll never go through it alone, and as I’ve said before, that’s good enough for me. ✝️

PS – I intentionally chose the King James Version for this rendering of 1 Thessalonians 5:18, as it says, “in every thing give thanks,” rather than “in everything”. It’s a small, but subtle, difference, but one that really spoke to my heart today.


13 thoughts on “The Turnaround

  1. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!! 🎼
    2 Cor 12.10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
    God is delighted when you depend on Him.
    Thank you for this powerful testimony.

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  2. I’m so glad that God used you the way He did and I’m thankful that you had the eyes to see Him moving. I love it when He shows up in the most perfect way. 🙂

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