I have noticed over the years that the 3rd day is often the bump in the road on any adventure. Growing up on the ocean I remember my parents talking of and planning for the 3rd day experience. Our guests inevitably were suddenly very tired and hungry on the 3rd day of their visit. We called it the salt-water effect. But I have also observed that Jet lag seems to hit hardest on the 3rd day. Vacations or camps often have the most issues on the 3rd day. Families and friends often find that by the time a 3-day weekend is over they are usually ready to get back to their “real” lives (even if they don’t admit it). And our 3rd day of encampment is no different.
Yesterday was the 3rd day for many families to be working or schooling at home. If it was a bit rough or if you found yourself extra tired and hungry, know that it is normal. Now that we are in Day 4 things will begin to find a rhythm as in our heads we move out of temporary crisis into a more sustained new normal. In all cases we can rest secure that God is with us, as we remember Paul’s words in his 1st Letter to the Corinthians: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to humans. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
So maybe I don’t need to scarf down cookies and ice cream as if we are in a short term crisis (darn it!). Maybe I really do have to continue to do household chores. Maybe instead of throwing up my hands and saying, “What difference does it make?” I can ask for God’s help to resist the temptation to give up and just hang out in sweats with no particular care given to my personal appearance because “who’s gonna see me anyway?” Because it does matter, even if no one “from the outside” sees you. It is a way of helping yourself feel about yourself the way God does. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) When we do that on the 4th day and every day after we will be able to hear as God speaks to us in Song of Songs 4:7 “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”