January 21, 2020
It was a hot summer day and I was driving back to work from my lunch. Not only was it hot but it was a Monday. I had little motivation to return and face the mundane of the day. While driving back to the office I found myself wrestling with thoughts and asking, “God, where are you on this dull Monday?” Everything about that day seemed insignificant and had no purpose to it. I was heading back to sit at my desk, face emails, phone calls, and reports. I was struggling to recognize or see where God was in all of this.
There is an African proverb that I love, and it says, “If you want to run fast, run alone. If you want to run far, run together.” I love this proverb because I have been witnessed to its truth. I am fortunate enough to have a band of brothers that I do faith with, going far but not always fast. They are my haven to turn when facing a mix of emotions, questions, and faith dilemmas. So…I pulled out my phone and sent a group text asking them, “Where are you seeing God today?”
The response I received from one of the guys, Mike, was ordinary but the revelation I received was extraordinary. He said, “I see God today through His grace.” This statement hit me like a ton of bricks because I have forgotten my gratitude for God’s everlasting grace. I had forgotten on this, ordinary, dull, hot Monday that God’s grace was carrying me. I had overlooked God’s blessings in my life – whether it was the job I have, the people in my life, the ministry God has entrusted me with, the family I have including my wife who is my rock, and boy…can I keep going. I had seemed to allow the scorching sun to melt away my memory of all God’s goodness in my life.
As I mentioned, the statement made by my friend Mike wasn’t groundbreaking, but it was a reminder to wake up from my self-absorbed thoughts and choose to see God. You see, grace isn’t flashy or sexy. It’s a sudden gift from above that we don’t tend to think much about because this world has a way of getting in the way. Distraction or thoughts focused on the mundane produced ungratefulness toward God and I didn’t even realize it until it had already happened. I had placed expectations that said “God, if I don’t see a miracle today then are you even here?” But my eyes were closed to the miracles He had for me anyways.
I hope this little story reminds you of the mighty grace of God as you face the Monday blues (or any day blues really) and whatever other circumstances in your life that may be obscuring your view and robbing you from finding joy in God’s grace. I thank God that He gives us grace every day because God knows I need it.
Written by Fadi Kamel