Some days are like a gift from heaven. The sun is shining on your way out the door, you catch every green light on the way to work, and even though you forgot your lunch at home, a vendor suddenly wants to take you to lunch to say “thank you” for your business. Life is basically handed to you on a chocolate platter.
But other days just suck. You step in a puddle on the way in to work, the shock of which causes you to spill coffee on your shirt. The meeting you thought was scheduled for tomorrow is actually happening in 30 minutes, and you don’t have time to stop for lunch between meetings.
This day of pure kaka is exactly the kind of day I experienced yesterday. I could sense it coming even as I opened my eyes. To ward off the bad ju-ju vibes I even posted a prayer on Facebook and asked the Lord to smooth my path ahead according to His will. Obviously, I did not have the smoothest of days. It started in personal embarrassment and frustration and ended in more missed deadlines.
Through all of that, I came out relatively unscathed. I wasn’t angry. I didn’t tear myself down. I didn’t even dodge the blame. (I shocked myself completely. I’ve come a long way with God’s help!)
At some point I recognized God was still answering my prayer. Whether the day went smoothly was a matter of perspective. Clearly my expectations weren’t met. But I have no doubt God’s expectations WERE met. These are the days when I have to recognize (one minute after the next), God is still moving in the hiccups just as He is moving in the smooth ride.
I cannot change the mistakes, the bad news, or the past. But I can change my reaction. And instead of spouting angry words, I can take a deep breath and trust that God is working all for my best life. Even when I see bumps and ugliness, He sees a smooth and graceful line to the fulfillment of His plans for my best life.
What if my discomfort is exactly what God wants me to feel and accept anyway?
“Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.” – Ecclesiates 7:14
What if God is using these hiccups to create divine appointments?
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
What if God wants me to remember He can be sought for help in the mundane challenges as well as the deep hurts?
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”– Psalm 91:1
|Ginny Priz is a Christian coach, writer and speaker. Ginny has overcome her own drama with a prosthetic arm, alcohol, panic disorder, and codependency. She has a passion for guiding others toward the same peace and freedom she has come to experience. Ditching drama is possible for anyone “armed” with God and the Serenity Prayer! It’s never too late to start your own Serenity Journey.|