Everyone has had "THAT day." I bet it would be safe to say that everyone has had "THAT week." (It might even be safe to say that we could go on with additional calendar terms and someone, if not all persons, has had "THAT," too.)
"THAT" refers to a go-back-to-bed-and-pull-the-blankets-over-your-head kind of day. There are many reasons why someone could experience such a day. It could range from a compilation of little annoyances to one big heartbreaking moment. "THAT" day is different in appearance for everyone, but it is similar in that it feels like you are sinking fast without any sign of immediate rescue.
Even the most optimistic person experiences a day like this every once in a while. Their own optimism takes a sick day leaving the optimist with blue-colored glasses.
When we have a "THAT" day, some of it can be caused from our own doing and some of it can be due to things out of our control. The part that is of our own doing is because of choices we make. For instance, you can choose to not fake it until you make it, and instead, choose to not be okay (which is okay). When things are out of your control, it is still a choice as to how you will respond.
I recently had a "THAT" day. It was a day that I learned that my previous blog & boutique website was permanently lost, my son became ill with what everyone else has right now, a house pipe broke and was in need of a plumber's attention, and my husband and I had a meeting with a company to assess more home repairs and were overwhelmed with the details. I was ready for a pity-party for one as I was feeling sorry for myself.
Now, I know that things can always be worse, and they definitely have been. So, I hope I don't sound whiny about my day. In fact, I hope my gratitude is what you get from this message.
SOMETIMES, blessings are disguised as setbacks.
I canceled the DJ for my pity party, and instead, chose to dry my eyes and look at the setbacks for what they really were...step backs.
Stepping back can help you experience the blessings going on in the midst of your chaos. Many times, stepping back helps to put "THAT" day in better perspective; it may not look as daunting as it once did just moments earlier.
Stepping back can also help to understand, accept, and appreciate that what you are going through can help you get to the next step of your journey. Stepping back can help you see your blessons: the combination of a blessing and a lesson. A bless on is a life experience that shows up as a challenge and then realized as both a lesson and a blessing. (as defined by the Urban Dictionary at urban dictionary.com)
It is what it is.
It's a day you don't feel your best.
It's a day you may allow yourself to turn towards panic and self-pity.
It's a day you can fret in the setback instead of trusting God's provisions and how He never leaves us in despair.
Are you having a "THAT" day...today? Are you in need of being reminded that the setbacks could be step backs towards preparing for the next step of your journey?
Could your "THAT" day be a refueling day? Could it be a day to jumpstart good choices in how you respond? Could it be a day of humility, being still and letting God lead you into a "THIS" day?
THIS is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
- Psalm 118: 24
With every "THAT" day, there will always be a "THIS" day. Maybe not today, but some day. You can move towards a "THIS" day by changing two things: your choice & the view.
What are you choosing to look at?
Where are you choosing to look at?
Who are you choosing to look at?
Unmask the setback for what it is.
Learn from your challenging situations.
Receive the blessings!
Enjoy "THIS" day!
Bamboo farmers know a thing about waiting. They have extraordinary patience as they wait five years until any sign of growth from their faithful and consistent labor is visible. These farmers are rewarded for their patience by seeing their seedlings reach its full potential of 90 to 100 feet in just six short weeks from the initial sprout.
Were you given a bean seed in elementary school to take home and watch sprout into a long green stem and leaves? I could barely wait the few days it took to see that growth! But, to wait five years?
As an adult, I haven't outgrown the repetitive "Are we there yet?" stage, so patience is not my strength. How about you?
To know amazing growth will take place in such a short time following that long wait is enticing to hang in there, but still...five years?
Our world is fast-paced, and people have become accustomed to not having to wait long for this or that. It's a wonderful advancement! However, there is a problem with carrying this fast-paced mentality over into one's faith, hope, and love.
A person will be disappointed if he or she is banking on overnight success. Working hard and long for something can seem a bit antiquated today. A work smarter, not harder philosophy is a more relevant theme of current times. We know more, and thus, we can use that knowledge to cut corners and save time and energy.
Again, this advancement is good as long as we don't cut so many corners and give up when the going gets uncomfortable...before we give growth a chance.
When you don't see something positively happening in your job or a relationship, do you want to abandon ship and look for something better?
When you don't see sales, clients or interest in your new business, do you want to close up shop?
When you don't see any pounds being shed or health results improving, do you want to scarf down a bucket of ice cream while saying, "What's the use?"
It is natural to focus on only what can be seen, and assume that when nothing is visible, it simply does not exist. No growth is taking place.
But, what if your promotion, business dream, health aspirations, or heart desires are taking their necessary time to reach their fullest potential like the bamboo tree?
You have the Master Gardener, God, beneath the surface of your life always working. He is constantly nurturing your life seedlings. He is waiting for you to do the same, though. He wants you for the long haul, not just when the going is smooth and quick.
But, how exactly can we do that? Well,...
We can dwell in the reassurance that God takes delight in us. He enjoys seeing us become whom He created us to be.
Let's say that again...
He delights in YOU. He enjoys seeing YOU as YOU are now, and who you can become, who He created YOU to be.
God has created each of us for an amazing purpose. We must not be afraid to reach for that goodness.
So, hang in there! Everything you are doing that may go unnoticed to the human eye is always noticed by your Master Gardener! Every little thing you are doing to grow your seed is necessary and worthy. Don't cut corners. Work smarter AND work harder. Work with integrity. Work as if working for the Lord, because you ARE!
The moment you think nothing is happening can be the moment right before everything happens.
So, don't give up too soon. Don't quit. God's timing will surprise you.
Will the sprouts, or outcomes, be exactly what you expect? No, not necessarily. Don't be surprised if the blooms are more beautiful than you imagined. Why? Well,...
God is always working beneath your surface waiting for you...and waiting with you...to grow what He has planted in you and for you. How awesome is that? He wants to shower you with abundance! He delights in you and hopes you will delight in Him. Bask in His love for you! He will give you the desires of your heart.
Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
- Psalm 37:4
Hang in there...growth is happening right now even if it doesn't feel like it, and in due time, look out!
There will always be a disbeliever in your life,
someone who doesn't believe you will succeed.
And, by succeed, I mean that you can do it;
that you can do the things your heart desires.
To try...and try again.
To keep trying and persevere.
There may be critics along the way.
Just don't be one of them!
Believe in you...because God already does!
And, that's all the belief you need!
So, keep showing up.
Crawl if you have to.
Just keep believing you can, and you will.
You've got this, because He's got you!
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain,
Hi! I'm Bonnie.