Have you ever had one of THOSE days? That’s right. You know what I’m talking about. Days in which it seems everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
There is one particular day – week, really – that comes to mind for me. I’ll spare you the nitty gritty details, but suffice it to say I was at my wit’s end. I was feeling frazzled, overwhelmed, and underappreciated. The day couldn’t end soon enough, and as soon as I thought the day couldn’t get any worse, I received some really bad news.
For me, it was just one of THOSE days. For you, maybe it’s even worse. Maybe it’s been one of those weeks, months, or years.
As women, we go through seasons where we are reminded that we are fallen beings living in a fallen world. There are nights we fall into bed, wondering how it is 10:30 at night (or 1:30 in the morning!) already?!?! “Did I even remind my kids I love them today? Did I remember to kiss my husband at any point in the craziness? Note to self: do better tomorrow!”
If you feel like you are living in one of those seasons right now, I am right there with you. Some days, I honestly don’t know how I’ll make it to the end of the day. I feel like I’m doing too many things, and failing at most of them.
I’m constantly reminded of that phone call I forgot to make, that friend who is disappointed in me, that deadline I’m most likely going to miss. I’m stretched too thin, my hands are in too many baskets, and I am just about done in. But I’m reminded that God has called me to greatness, and He has given me all I need to follow Him.
It is in these crazy seasons of life I’m able to look back and see God’s sovereign hand upholding me. When I just KNOW I can’t take even one more step, God overwhelms me with the reassurance that He is here, that He is in control, that He will lead me and guide me.
And He does! It never fails. When I am at my weakest, His strength is so evident. His power is made perfect, and His grace is sufficient (1 Cor. 12:9).
When I am running on empty, when I feel like I have nothing else to give, when I don’t think I can take another step on my own, THAT’s when I am reminded of how big our God is. He is more than enough for me. He is sovereign, and I can rest in the knowledge that He knows what He’s doing even if I don’t.
I am also reminded that sometimes, God uses these seasons to point us back to what is most important in life. Everything we do should be bringing Him glory, whether it is the patience we model for our children, or the times we choose to bite our tongues from letting our speech cause harm, or the quick text we send to encourage a friend who is going through a hard time.
Maybe, just maybe, God uses these seasons to get our attention, to make sure we know that it is not all about us. That we are here for a very specific purpose, and we are commanded to point others to Christ with our actions in good times and in bad.
I’m learning that God doesn’t always expect me to be happy, but He does expect me to be holy. I’m learning that seasons of hardships, sufferings even, are sanctifying me. Sometimes the unhappiest of days are the ones that make me rely more on Christ and bring me closer to Him.
As I surrender my perfectly ordered little world to His will, I am being forced to grow – in grace, in patience, in endurance. “And so we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope (Romans 5:3-4).”
Rest in His hope! The hope that you are right where you should be. The hope that God has sent His Holy Spirit to help you through it. The hope that He has a plan and a purpose and is in complete control. We can find joy in these days, because He is our hope.
This too shall pass, and when it does, we will be stronger in our faith and more grounded in His grace. If you find yourself stuck in one of THOSE days, rejoice that God loves you enough to send you a gentle reminder that all you have to do is lean on Him.