When our youngest was in the third grade I accompanied her class on a field trip to a petting zoo as one of the parent-chaperones. When it was almost time to walk back to the buses and go home, we got caught in an April shower that would have made Noah’s top ten deluge list! We all got drenched, and there was mud everywhere…everywhere!
About a week later I got a thank you note from Phinnie, one of our daughter’s classmates. It read:
Dear Mr. Brownworth,
Thank you for helping us on our field trip.
I’m sorry you had to walk through the mud and got all wet. I hope you enjoyed it.
In Acts 23 Paul was hauled before the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council. He wasn’t treated very well. He was insulted; the ruling elder slapped him in the face. Immediately Paul and the council were embroiled in a debate that could have resulted in imprisonment or death for the apostle. It was going to be a long muddy day!
You may be trudging through a long muddy day (or month or year).
Don’t forget this: the reason God has you where he has you isn’t always clear. Sometimes it will come in a note next month….or at the throne when you get home. Keep trudging, but remember to enjoy the ride.