“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say: REJOICE!” Philippians 4:4 (emphasis mine)
Things had been building up for over a week. All the little "go wrongs" kept adding to my ballooning irritation. I went to the grocery store early in the morning to avoid the Texas summer heat. I lugged bag after bag into my house. Already sweltering and flustered, I held the refrigerator door open as I put things away. When I reached for the plastic box of blueberries, I squeezed too hard. The lid popped open and blueberries flew all over my kitchen, rolling like marbles under the cabinets, between the bins in the fridge, and across the tile.
That was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. I sat in the middle of my kitchen scooping up blueberries and bawling like a baby. I cried out to God, “Enough!”
Then, I felt the heartbeat of my Lord. As I gathered blueberries, He gathered me in His arms with all my little "go wrongs" that had happened that week. As I washed the blueberries because they are too precious and pricey to throw out, He washed away my angst and told me I am too pricey and precious, too. I put the blueberries in a sturdier container, as He placed me in His sturdy grace.
Once again, I was reminded to trust Him to be in control of the good days as well as the "go wrongs”. I know there will be more blueberry days, but perhaps next time I'll remember to laugh and find joy in the midst of them sooner.
Dear God, thank you for the reminder in the middle of my frustration that You love me and care for me, and that I am precious in Your sight. Thank you for not making the bad days longer than the good ones. In both, may I learn to rejoice. Through Your Son, Amen.
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