Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Truth on the No Good, Very Bad Days

The day started when one of my kids woke me up a half hour before my alarm.  "My bed is all wet," the child mourned.

And that was just the beginning.

"Mom!  I spilled my smoothie all over myself."

"Mom!  Look out the window!  Leo chewed up another patio chair!"  Leo is the dog we recently acquired.  He happens to be the Most Obnoxious Dog on Earth.

"Mom! Daddy says he has a migraine."

Of course, all of these things were also happening in semi-darkness, since we're having electricity issues (again) and currently none of our overhead lights are working.

"Grace, go get the fan from your room so that we can try to dry the laundry from yesterday."  "Mom!  The top of the fan broke off!"  Of course it did.

That was all before 7:15...which is also when I remembered that we had a flat tire, which we had not changed because yesterday it was pouring rain.

The kids were 45 minutes late to school.

I'm with Alexander; I want to move to Australia.

It doesn't help that this comes during a time when I am battling discouragement.  Ministry isn't going as well as we had hoped; things are hard; we don't feel good at this; we feel out of our league.  I have been anxious and emotional.

Then this morning I read, Truth affects our emotions when it is believed.

Yes.  What is the Truth I need to believe today?

His grace is sufficient.  Give thanks in all circumstances.  Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.*

Some will say, "Well, that doesn't work for me.  When I hear truth, it doesn't have an emotional effect on me.  It doesn't take away my anxiety".....If the Bible's arguments are not having an effect on you, it's because you have little faith in what it says.  Faith is massively important here.  We must trust.  We must believe what Jesus says.  (John Piper)

If the Bible doesn't apply to days like today, then it doesn't apply at all.

Here's to believing.

* (2 Cor. 2:9, I Thes. 5:18, I Peter 5:7, Prov. 3:6)

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