Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day 10: Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


Did you ever read this book? It’s a story about a boy who's having “one of those days.” From the moment he wakes up everything seems to be going wrong. He wants to escape it all, so he wishes to be in Australia.

As the day goes on, things don't seem to be getting any better and he continues to wish he could escape to Australia.

At the end of the story, as he continues to run through the list of things that are going wrong he says:
My mom tells me some days are like that,
even in Australia.”

The point of the story is that there will be days when things go wrong and you can't escape it. That's life.
Well, today our family had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. We woke up late, took forever to get out of the house, went to drop off the leftovers and couldn't find anyone around. Our time with the Lord felt distracted, the kids were trying to get my attention all at once at the supermarket...

Frustrated, tired and a little disillusioned by the way things were going today,
we got home, hastily prepared our meal and sat down with four hungry kids ready to grab ANYTHING that was put before them.

It was a “Calgon, take me away” moment. 
It was one of those days where you wish you could snap your fingers and escape from the norm.  Just like Alexander in the story, I wanted to escape… to Tahiti! 

We stopped to give thanks, first for our daily bread, and to take a moment to be still and just start over.

We needed a second chance to go about things the right way.
Isn't that sometimes what we need? A do-over.

Waking up late and rushing around made us lose our focus. Instead of looking forward to our quiet time with the Lord, we started going through the motions of a new "routine".  Our actions and emotions started to reflect a day that began with a different focus.

I'm ashamed to admit that, because routine should not be a word that describes our time with our Creator. Today…we slipped.

The good news (and there is always good news when we surrender to Jesus) is that He gives us a do-over.  He’s there to pick us up and brush off our knees when we fall. He holds our hands and He forgives and he continues to love us.
2 Corinthian 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Every day is a new day with the Lord.  We get a do-over and have an opportunity to start the day anew.  

Today, He gave us a do-over. After we took some time to regroup and refocused our time, God showed us His grace by giving us a sense of peace.   

We clearly saw a transformation. We felt less edgy and the kids weren’t as excited hyper.  The morning frenzy had taken a toll on everyone but God changed all that when we were still before Him.

He took us from chaotic to calm.
He changed our perspective.

In the rush of a frenzied morning we stopped looking up and began looking around instead.
In case you’re wondering how the rest of our day went… I opened the refrigerator to put the pitcher of water away and I lost my grip on it.  A pitcher-full of water splashed all over the place! Carl was just coming through the door as I was cleaning up when he tripped and spilled a container of food on the floor  
… it was still one of those days...
But Jesus told us some days would be like that…
even in Tahiti.

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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