Some days are just no good.
It may start out well and be filled with promise but then along comes that wind of circumstance and suddenly the temperature changes and everything becomes cold, dark, and dismal.
Yesterday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!
I won’t go into the gory details about it but suffice it to say it’s a cause for great financial stress on our family and one which has us throwing our hands up in the air with a great big “COME ON!”
As is usual with these types of situations it came on the same day we were meant to go to a Worship and Art Night at Common Ground Discount Christian Bookstore.
You know, when your really stressed, worried, angry, annoyed, unhappy, and in a generally unpleasant mood it can be hard to pull up the energy to even leave your house, let alone go somewhere to worship God!
Cuz let’s be honest…when this hard stuff happens it’s easy to get a “what’s the point” attitude.
However, I decided I was going to go anyway and worship God because we are called to do so at all times, whether things are tough or easy, even when we don’t necessarily feel like giving Him thanks.
So I was in my car on the way over to the bookstore, fussing and bothering over everything and decided I would listen to The Word of Promise. In case you don’t know, Word of Promise is a dramatized version of the Bible using the New King James version. It’s beautifully voice acted by people like Jim Caviezel, Danny Glover, Louis Gossett Jr., Marsha Gay Harden, etc.
Stressed and unhappy, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to listen to on the drive over to the bookstore. In fact I just grabbed the New Testament set of cd’s and pulled one out of the pack without even looking at it, shoving it into the player.
And this is what I heard:
“Then He (Jesus) said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them.
Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:22-34 (NKJV)
In my house, we call that a “God thing”.
Encouraged by those words, I arrived at Common Ground for the worship and art night and it was such a blessing. Truly a wonderful time of singing praise, praying, and worshiping God in spite of all the current difficulty my family is facing and I’m so glad I went.
Are things still terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad?
But even so I am going to seek God and trust that no matter how difficult things become or continue to be, the Lord is with me and my family….and I will praise Him.