Mondays loom large in our lives. It’s a return to business as usual, and a sign that says “open for business” can mean “open for a repeat of all the anxieties of last Monday, and the Monday before that.” The brain knows it’s Sunday afternoon, but the knot in the stomach knows it’s almost Monday.
Monday doesn’t just have to be the first day of the work week. Any day can feel like Monday: a dreaded appointment, a high-pressure presentation, a final exam. Sometimes we can’t see past Monday because all we can think of — and feel — is the stress of the previous Monday. And then we read or listen to the news, which can feed the anxieties of the most optimistic, tranquil person.
But do we really have to replay to this inner “oh no, not again” recording?
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
God reminds us that every moment is brand new! We sometimes have to turn down the volume of our worries so that we can hear that still, small voice. We may feel as though our worries and bad memories are in control, but our God is in control — our God who loves us and created us for a purpose. So when that tape loop starts to replay, remember that that your Creator has a better idea.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)