Work today was ridiculous in just about every sense of the word. By 3:30 I wanted to pull out my hair and hide under my desk. I decided to throw a pity party instead… because, clearly, I was the ONLY person affected by the system being down campus-wide. Please note the sarcasm in that last bit.
Have you ever seen the show NCIS? The main character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, is known for giving his team members “subtle” wake-up calls when they lose focus or are not living up to the standard of excellence expected of them.
As Gibbs himself once said, “A slap to the face would be humiliating; the back of the head’s a wake-up call.” Thankfully, God knows I’m a total doofus prone to foolishness. He gives me a good Gibbs’-style smack to the back of the head when I need it. Today I needed it and He delivered.
While out running errands I passed an overturned vehicle up against a concrete wall. I’ve never seen anything quite like that in real life. I called 911, prayed, and began thinking about the brevity of life. *SMACK*
As I was pulling into the Wal-Mart parking lot, I saw a truck with it’s back bumper laying on the ground. Then I noticed it had a seminary parking decal. I looked to see if the culprit left a note. No such luck. My heart broke for the poor guy who owns that truck. Seeing that reminded me of how blessed I really am. *SMACK*
While inside Wal-Mart I became completely overwhelmed (happens pretty much every time I go these days). I wished I was back in Prilep where life, and shopping, were simpler. Then I remembered how, while in Prilep, I wished I had access to a Wal-Mart because “it makes things so much easier.” I’m ashamed at how discontent I allow myself to be sometimes. *SMACK*
As I headed back to the dorms I noticed that about 90% of my purchases this evening were for other people. Then I realized this should be the norm, not the exception. I really am extremely selfish. *SMACK*
I got to my room and dropped all my bags. I just wanted to not do anything for a while. I put in a movie, one I had never seen, about two girls who are serving their mandatory terms in the Israeli army. I was taken back to my time there last year and my heart broke remembering the suffering I saw. It broke even more when I thought about how easily I push the pain of others from my mind, how soon I forget to pray for them, how quickly I complain when I really have no reason to do so. *SMACK*
Tonight I am grateful for God’s “Gibbs’-smacks” bringing me back to the truth. In the show, the recipient always becomes a more productive member of the team following the infamous slap. Praying I will be a more productive member of His team.