We all have “those days” when we feel like we just cannot get it right no matter how hard we try. Those tough days are inevitable. It’s when they are strung together for multiple days that I find it really hard to stay centered.
The way I look at it, I can put up with a lot for a day. Two days is pushing it. By the time day three arrives, it’s time to reevaluate things. It’s been about nine days…..
In theory, I know that I was created for a purpose and that I am loved. However, that is hard to remember as ideas are crushed one by one and I find myself sitting alone trying to figure out what happened. Alone. Again.
Whatever. Can’t please everyone, right? So…. now I have a choice to make: accept the task I’ve been given or hide. Hiding sounds great, but I have to do what I need to do and honor God. Even though it’s a challenge, I need to praise Him. But – WOW – is this hard to do. In order to praise God through my trials, I have to have faith. I have to believe that He will deliver me. This isn’t an issue for me because I don’t just believe that he will deliver me, I know he will deliver me. His time, not mine. Another hard pill to swallow, but it’s true. God’s timing is perfect. He never fails. He knows my heart.
When we are able to stop and praise God despite our difficulties, He will shine His light through us. No matter what this world says or does, God works it all for good. It doesn’t matter what my coworkers think about me. I know I will be just fine. Deep down, anyway. Count it all joy, my friends. Count. It. All. Joy.
Sometimes it just takes me a few days to process things and get back on the same page as God. I don’t know if this is “bad”, but it is what it is. God knows what we need. He supplies those needs when we ask Him to do so.
When we try to go out on our own and ignore the will of our Heavenly Father, that is when we face challenges. I hadn’t even realized I had done these things, but as I reflected, I realized that I did ignore the calls I had heard, which means I did not adhere to God’s plan for me.
When I walk away, why should I be loved and valued? The answer is simple: because He said it is so.
James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, (NIV)
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (NIV)