Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bad Day

So yesterday was a really, really bad, awful day. Not so much a bad day in life, just a bad day at work. Should I let these types of days get to me and impact the other areas of my life? No. But did I anyway? Yes. It was just so hard to let go of for some reason. Maybe the biggest reason is because I had plans for the day and ALL of my plans were put on hold due to really dumb things that tied me up at work. Ignorance, lack of paying attention, lack of listening, careless errors - all on behalf of others - impacted MY day. So when I have these bad, awful days the hardest thing to do sometimes is to break away and do something for me. Since I didn't get to do that yesterday, I decided I would spend some time in the Word this morning and try and just forget the day, move on, start fresh, and live.

I turned to the ever-helpful Psalms. David just seemed to know what he was talking about way before the coming of Christ, which to me, is a huge feat in and of itself. His intimate knowledge of the wonders of God before He fully revealed himself. I just think that's pretty amazing. No wonder he was a man after God's own heart. But anyway, I came upon Psalm 116 and discovered a few notes in the margins that led me to believe this scripture had been there for me on previous occasions during some other rougher days/weeks. All in all David's words brought encouragement and refreshment, both of which I needed. In Psalm 116:1 - 11 he just reminds us that God hears us cry out in our worst days and is gracious to us no matter how tired or fed up or angry we are...He holds us tightly in His loving arms. And in the middle of it all, he encourages, "Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt BOUNTIFULLY with you." (NASB). The Message says it another way, "I said to myself, 'Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings.'"

How often do we forget the blessings and bounty that surrounds us when things don't go our way, or when it seems everything is going wrong? God is still gracious to us and he longs for us to recongnize and rest in the blessings he's placed around us in the most unsuspecting places. In my case, my hubby came home that night and what a blessing it was to be able to forget the frustrations of the day when I felt the warmth of his hug at the airport. It melts away all the pent up frustration and agnst and reminds me once again how blessed I am.


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