If you’ve ever had a bad day, raise your hand? Come on!
That may not help you be better right this minute, but admitting you are having a bad or that you do have bad days is a good start to not having as many bad days. It is when we pretend that everything is fine and dandy so that we look good around others or because we think God will be happier with us if we pretend, that we actually bring dishonor to the very grace of God.
Of course, the flip side of pretending that we never have bad days is when we languish in our bad days and nurture our bad days and so much so that we fail to see any grace from God’s Hand and that is also a dishonor to our loving Father.
I have my share of bad days; everything from a flu bug to a relational stresser to a flat tire to tragic news can plop me into a bad day. And then there’s the most common reason I have bad days, I argue with God about what He is doing in my life or in the lives of those I love.
Just being honest.Though God is big enough and wise enough and gracious enough to handle my arguments just fine, if I persist and resist the Holy Spirit’s truth to me and refreshment for me, the consequence is a bad day.
I’ve too many bad days recently; too much arguing with God about what He is doing or…in my finite thinking…not doing. I’ve resisted taking the steps and willingness to thrive in the Holy Spirit’s process.. Now, I am finally tired of the bad days and I want to participate in the steps to have fewer bad days and when they do come, to not stay in them as long.
And I know where to go to start in that process and to take those steps: God’s Word. There is an abundance of Bible Heroes who had bad days and plenty of guidance from God’s interaction with them for me to learn and re-learn how to handle bad days.
A Psalm of David
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the quiet waters.
He restores my soul; He guides in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
I hope you will join me and rediscover God’s amazing grace and mercy for us all! Next time, David will tell us more about overcoming those bad days.