The Reason I Am Victorious
Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Throughout our lives, we are constantly being tested and challenged. The question is this. How we respond to these challenges in terms of the measure of our faith? Do we get angry at God,our families, or worse, ourselves? Or, do we take life as it is dealt and then, by casting all our burdens on our Lord God and Saviour, systematically and methodically work through the circumstance. There is always a solution. We just have to listen intently and let God provide the better response.
As much as I say this, and know it deep in my heart, there are still challenges. This past week was one such week. We live on an island that is connected by a bridge. The bridge is called Confederation Bridge and links the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, Canada together. Since the bridge construction began, I have jokingly said that when they designed it,they had a “group brain cramp”. And I worked on the monstrosity for two years. You see, every time high winds are forecast, the authorities in charge shut the bridge down. As one can imagine, this creates some very interesting logistical problems for just about every business that deals with product.
Long haul truck drivers are forced sit it out — in long lineups — until the wind subsides. In terms of time, the wait could last from 15 minutes to hours and/or days. Having been a long haul truck driver at one point in my life, I can honestly say that this is no fun. You can only sleep so much.
This week, the bridge was closed. When they finally opened the bridge, and freight arrives at local courier companies, it can be quite a load. This is where I come in. Currently, I work in the supply chain management sector as a courier driver. After sitting on the other side of the bridge for far too long, the tractor trailer driver finally arrives at the depot. Therein, he is greeted by some very impatient drivers who have not only lost pay but are now running hours late for the current day.”Fell asleep again ay Joe?”I say, trying to lighten up the emotions. He just grins sleepily and proceeds to unload the truck.
Now, at this point, the best case scenario would be that we are starting our routes a couple hours late and are just a little heavy on the freight. A much worse case scenario is when Joe doesn’t get over at all the previous day. That means we have two days worth of freight to deliver. And yes, that is exactly what happened and what a busy day this “extra” makes for. Normally, I keep in pretty good physical shape and rarely do I get flat out exhausted. But this day, I did just that. Running with boxes and twice as many stops as normal, plus demanding customers and traffic etc. doesn’t make things go better.
But I got through it. In fact, I am fortunate that I can thank the good Lord that super windy days are relatively a rare phenomenon around here. I don’t think I could handle too many of these double freight days … lol! The starter on my truck quitting is quite another story. But even when multiple things go wrong, I know the Lord takes good care of me. I know that giving thanks to my Lord and Saviour — even in the midst of unexpected challenges reaps blessings. David, the psalmist wrote, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise, be thankful unto Him and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4) Who can go wrong with the Most High King of the universe on our side? Thank you Jesus — for this is the day that You have made!