Have you ever had one of those days when getting out of bed takes an act of God? When more goes wrong than right? When attending your own pity party is at the top of your “to do” list. Let’s get real. Anyone who says they haven’t is either lying or under the influence.
So what’s a person to do? Put one step in front of the other and continue on the journey. I know. Easier said than done some days. But one step further along on the journey is one step closer to the fulfillment of your dream. So I told myself this morning.
My day began at 4:00 when I was awakened by a brain numbing sinus headache. Eventually falling back asleep. Only to be awakened AGAIN at 7:00 by a dog in my face demanding to be fed. While feeding the dogs I realized a project I thought was complete wasn’t. Continued below normal temperatures with the possibility of rain. For this Texas girl who dislikes cold. That sucks! The pity party that had begun late last night was raging out of control. This Wednesday morning wasn’t “hump day” but “pick yourself off the floor” day.
So what did I do?
- Every morning I begin my day with prayer and pray until I feel peace. Needless to say, this morning was an extended time of prayer.
- I mentally listed five blessings— concrete evidence of the Lord’s faithfulness and love.
- I checked my email for the one daily devotional I read faithfully. Look what was waiting for me!
“Be quiet and stay calm. Negative emotions will only take you off course and keep you from seeing things as they really are. Refuse to allow chaos and confusion any place in you. Allow peace to lead you in everything. It is a very narrow path that will bring you to know righteousness and wisdom. Stay firmly on that path, and let Me direct your steps. Says the Lord.”
“Enter by the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” (Matthew 7:13)
- I began writing this post. Soon those negative feelings had evaporated. Once again I was enclosed in a cocoon of hope and contentment. Trusting the Lord to fulfill His promise.
“I will lead the blind by a way they did not know. I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them and rough places into level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)
Lesson learned? Who needs a flashlight when you have Jesus? Hold on tightly to His hand, and He will always lead you out of the darkness into light.