A little over a month ago I mentioned that the quarterly production period that we were working through was the most difficult we had faced. Since then, my team and our systems partners have been trying to do what we can to help head off similar problems this quarter. We learned yesterday there are some systems architecture changes being processed (outside of any of our control) that will delay our testing process. This type of change makes us all very concerned with the possible impact. It already has me praying for patience and endurance for the quarter end period.
In the grand scheme of things of my life, this is a temporary challenge. It still makes me weary. I am reminded of a Scripture that is often used when people are challenged:
“God is our refuge and strength,
An ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
And the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
Though its waters roar and foam
And the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46:1-7).
In retrospect, my problems are tiny. The writer of Psalm 46 doesn’t specify certain problems that people might face. He does make the point that whatever they are, God is still in control. He is ever-present, which means that I can call on Him for strength no matter what is bothering me. He is with me. Not even a major earthquake that could destroy and upheave the earth itself is beyond God’s power. He is the source of joy for His own city and holy place. Though things look like a lost cause I know that I need to trust Him.
Lord, we get caught up in the problems of our own lives. Please help us to remember Your presence and care. Even though it looks like the world might be crumbling You are still the source of joy, ever-present with us. Keep our minds, hearts, and spirits clear. Remind us to be still and know that you are God. We need your help, and know that you will help us.
Take heart and be encouraged!