It’s raining today. That means that for my night shift my boots will gain weight (sticky Lambton clay). Maybe I’ll get stuck at that really muddy site (but thank God for 4-wheel drive!).


And there’s only one raincoat at the site and mobile patrol doesn’t get a chance at it. So maybe I’ll get wet on top and muddy on the bottom.


The long-range weather forecast calls for a lot of days of rain. So this will repeat many times over.



1. I have a job.

2. I have a job that mostly is fun.

3. I drive a company vehicle that has 4-wheel drive that is very dirty, but warm and powerful. (It will get dirtier tonight.)

4. I have a big lunch bag that I take full of goodies.

5. I have a cell phone so Margaret can call and say good night. (Yes, that is permitted by my boss.)

6. My hard hat and small, clear rain jacket will keep some of me dry.

7. Jesus not only rides with me, but helps at the wheel, makes wonderful company on a 12-hour shift and is more patient with me when I get frustrated than I am with myself.


So alright, it could be worse. Thank God even in the muck and rain!


“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 God’s Word).