Recently I felt like I was getting hit with one problem after another. In isolation each one would have thrown me for a loop, but dealing with the avalanche of them felt overwhelming. I attempted to triage various situations throughout the morning and into the afternoon. I didn’t even stop to eat lunch. I finally paused for a few moments to eat and made the decision that I wasn’t going to put any more energy into situations that I couldn’t control. I made a decision to no longer dwell in the pit that I was finding myself in. At that point I put a spontaneous self-care plan into action. My plan included: taking a break from my problems to do some other unrelated tasks, venting a bit to loved ones, designing some rooms on my Design Home app, eating dinner and having a glass of red wine and Japanese snacks from my Bokksu box. That night I fell asleep easily, but when I woke up during the night I started thinking about the problems of the day all over again. In my heart I knew that my situation was in God’s hands and He was going to work it out for good, but my mind refused to shut off. Eventually I fell back asleep and when I woke up in the morning I had a more positive outlook. The devotional reading for that day was the scripture James 1:2-4 – NIV : “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” During COVID I have been actively trying to find things that bring me joy. The scripture was speaking to me and telling me that even when I am experiencing an avalanche of problems it can actually be a source of joy. I can anticipate the joy that is going to come even though I am not seeing or experiencing it at that moment. I can anticipate and expect that God is going to show up and show out and work things out in my life and in whatever situation I find myself in. Throughout that trial God opened doors and answered prayers until each problem was alleviated or solved in my favor. I’m a witness that He has done it before in my life and I can rest on the promise that He’ll do it again. Psalms 61:2 “ …when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that’s higher than I.” Amen.