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If One More Thing Happens...

Management consultant Peter Drucker formulated "Drucker's law" in dealing with complexity of management: "If one thing goes wrong, everything else will, and at the same time."

"Mrs. Murphy's law" states that "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

The term is sometimes used to describe concise, ironic, humorous rules of thumb that often do not share a relation.

We find this to feel and be so true at times. One thing happens and then it snowballs from there.

Last week, my zipper broke on my pants, and upon closer inspection, I noticed that not only did the zipper break, but the teeth were also falling out. So, I aligned the zipper after the missing teeth and managed to somewhat zip up my pants. However, that makeshift fix didn't last long, and I ended up walking around the office with my pants unzipped for a bit. All of this happened here at the radio studios. This was the second pair of pants that this has happened to in two months.

This could have set a tone for my day if I had let it, but I didn't. When one thing goes wrong, it doesn't mean everything has to go wrong all the time. Our perception and reactions can motivate us to see which way we can go from the bad.

John 16:33 says, "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."

Thank goodness that no matter what we walk through, we have a God who has overcome the world and shows us the way as well.

Life can hit us hard from all sides, and we can feel overwhelmed and lost. I know I have faced times in my life like that. The feeling that surrounds you is odd because you're almost just going through the motions but don’t really know what’s going on.

It’s like driving and zoning out, and when you come to, you look around and think, "I don’t remember how I got here, but obviously, my autopilot kicked in and I made it safe." We can be like that when we are overwhelmed with life too.

Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble."

I honestly think that we make it places even when we don’t know how we got there because of God. He guided us even though we didn’t know it.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes things seem to be too hard, even just day-to-day things. I know that when my kids were younger, being a stay-at-home mom sometimes felt overwhelming. But looking back now, I can see that from the perspective I had at the time, it seemed hard. I didn’t see the full picture of it. We can become so focused on the difficulties that we don’t see the full picture of things.

When we face times of one thing after another, it's good for us to lean on the Word of God and remember what Matthew 11:28 says: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

When hard times come, I do my best to ask God to help me see things from His perspective and not just mine, because I know that with Him, my burden would be lighter, and He will give me the rest and peace needed.

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