Have you ever had a bad day? Okay, so maybe that’s a dumb question. We’ve all had probably more than one or two.
Last week, I received a call early in the morning from my mom saying that my grandmother had passed away after suffering a stroke. She was getting older, but it was a bit unexpected. Not exactly the way I wanted to start the day. As the day progressed, I had some difficult conversations with people that contributed to the ‘bad’-ness of my day. Driving home, I had some antsy guy behind me wanting to get into the left hand turn lane. He was trying to sneak around me, but I couldn’t move any farther forward to help him out. He honked and waved his hands. When he finally squeezed around me to the turn-lane after the cars in front of me started moving, he sped at break-neck speed into a line of four other cars waiting to turn left in front of him. He was racing to get nowhere. As I drove by, he flicked me off. I said to myself, ‘That was the perfect capper on what is turning out to be a bad day.’
What is it that makes us say a day is ‘bad’? More often than not, it’s the things we experience in a day that aren’t what we would like them to be.
Have you ever had a bad week, or a bad month? How about a bad year?
Recently, I’ve been wondering about how I view life. If I say my day is ‘bad’, how am I limiting myself. If I say that a conversation or a week in my life is ‘bad’, what am I missing within it?
The following words have been reverberating in my mind recently: “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given” (Romans 5:3-5)
What does Paul mean here? How can my life circumstances, including the suffering – the ‘bad’ stuff – become means for God’s work within my life?
What would happen if I reconsidered my ‘bad’ day as God’s day. How does God want to produce perseverance – sticking with it – in my life? How can I let God shape me into someone who is persistent in doing good (Romans 3:7)?
That’s my aim these days, although I falter in it. I want to become like Jesus in the bad days and the good days.