Ever have one of those days? You know, the ones that suck the air out of your lungs, cause your voice to crack and quiver and leave you reeling and off kilter. These are the days you wish you could erase from your memory – except that it is burned and branded into every fiber of your being.
Difficult conversations, an argument with a spouse, or perhaps a situation beyond your control that hardly seems fair; it is inevitable that at some point we will all have to come face to face with a situation, person or circumstance that we cannot fix, control or resolve.
At some point in time we all have these kinds of days. I had the dubious distinction of having one recently and today I sat on the sidelines while a dear friend had hers.
It was gut wrenching (literally) to endure my own horrible day and no less painful to watch it unfold for my friend. Unfortunately these days are a part of life, learning and loving. I say this for my own benefit as well as yours. I have to remind myself that when I have “one of those days” that I have choices in how I respond.
It is in these times when we are tempted to wallow in our pain, plead our case in the court of public opinion or crawl back into bed and assume the fetal position, that we must choose how we will respond to our circumstances.
We must choose what we believe to be true. We must choose how we will respond and we must choose whom we will seek for comfort, guidance and protection.
There are hundreds of thousands of self help books out on the market today and any number of them promise to help you feel better, take control of your life and get over what ever it is that is bothering you. None of those books will even begin to scratch the surface until you take your bruised and broken heart to the one who is the author of YOUR story.
It is in these times when we are hurting and fragile that the One who created us, who knows us better than we know ourselves wants to wrap us in His arms and console us, to wipe our tears and pick us up off the floor.
When words fail and tears fall, the Lord God reaches out for you and for me. He wants to be with you in the midst of your pain. He does not expect you to have it all together before you come to Him; He simply wants you to come.
So friends, regardless of what situation or circumstance you find yourself in, know that the Lord God loves you with a crazy, compassionate undying love. It matters not what you have done, or what has been done to you – His heart towards you remains constant, kind and open.
If you find yourself stuck and you feel as if you can’t get past this horrible, no good day – then perhaps it is time to call on a trusted friend, pastor or therapist.
You are not alone; you do not have to carry this all by yourself. Below are a few places to begin your healing journey and move toward a new day – a better day.