It’s been one of those days. You know, the kind that nothing seems to go right and no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to make things work the way they should.
I Can’t Wake Up
I’m an early riser and really enjoy those hours between 5:00-7:00 a.m. to connect with God, review my day, journal, read and listen to the news and get in some exercise. Last night at bedtime, I was really looking forward to getting up early. It was not to be. If my iPhone alarm went off, I didn’t hear it. If the birds were chirping outside my window, I didn’t notice. And if the sun rose in the eastern sky, I was stunningly oblivious to its climb. I didn’t awaken until the dream I was having about the Irving Car Wash in Saint John, NB, turned sour as a major leg cramp propelled me to my feet and into reality.
Strike One: I got a late start and my leg hurt real bad!
I Can’t Get Away
Today I’d planned to get out of the apartment early to study for Sunday’s message. I’m postponing my next sermon series (“Raising Kids in a Sinking World”) until the last Sunday of the month; so, I’m writing a new message this week. But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get outside: no soap in the shower, a dull razor blade, too many emails to rush through quickly, and a non-syncing task manager all campaigned to keep me at home.
Strike Two: Circumstances are complicit in holding me back from executing on my schedule!
I Can’t Find Coffee
Finally the angels in Heaven opened the way for me to drag myself out the door and get on my way. I like to study at Starbuck’s, but today I thought I’d go to Exit 17 Dunkin Donuts instead. Nope: packed with Americade bikers. Okay, Exit 19 Starbuck’s, here I come. Nope, seats available but I now discover I’ve left my phone and wallet on the nightstand. Can I believe it? Yes. It’s been one of those days!
Strike Three: Empty pockets mean no caffeine!
In the end, I had a choice to make: go home, go to bed and try again in twelve hours or decide that I’ll make the best of it and do something completely different. I ended up at the MacDonald’s in South Glens Falls. I’m enjoying a large Newman’s Own, and study from here is grand. You see, life is not always kind, fair, or helpful. Circumstances can drive us nuts, and wrong turns can take us places we don’t wish to go.
But one thing remains constant:
“God’s loyal love can’t run out; His merciful love can’t dry up. They’re created new every morning. How great is His faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3)
There’s the perspective on a bad day: God is loyal to loving you, He shows mercy even when you forget your wallet, and He’ll be faithful to you no matter where you find your morning coffee.
It’s one of those days — a good one!