I got this! --God
by Tammy Townsend Denny, TI Executive Director
I recently had one of those moments. Maybe you’re familiar with these types of moments.
Tired. Hungry. Pushing too hard. Juggling too many projects. Dreaming of crawling into bed and sleeping one of those exhausted restorative sleeps. Then The Thing happened -- The Thing that under other circumstances would brush by me with minimal disturbance, but without self-care, The Thing seemed like a crushing mountain of debilitating debris.
The Thing for me was simple stuff really: a miscommunication between my husband and me about driving privileges for one of the children.
But, it was a moment that required me to pause, step away, and sit quietly with myself and God.
In a quiet corner of my house where I go for prayer and meditation, I sat with tears of frustration and anger streaming. “OK, God, calm me down. Tell me how to handle this one.” I fumbled for the nearest book, hoping there would be some sort of calming message to inspire me.
The small book I grabbed was Time for Joy: Daily Affirmations, by Ruth Fishel. My well-worn copy fell open to a sticky note I had tucked between the pages many years ago. It was a note that formerly had lived on my bathroom mirror during a challenging point in my life. The note said:
I got this!
When God answers my prayers on sticky notes, there’s nothing much I can do except wipe my tears and smile.
The note was a reminder that even in emotionally challenging moments, there is hope! God’s got this!
Whatever your challenges this Advent, whatever struggling moments of anger or tears may come, I invite you to pause and connect with the Divine Presence that is always with us, always guiding us, and always our source of hope.
Love and blessings,
Tammy Townsend Denny
P.S. If you are looking for resources about hope, consider listening to this interview with MaryAnn McKibben Dana. MaryAnn is a writer, speaker, and pastor who recently published the book Hope: A User’s Manual. She is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.