“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down…” To quote the lyrics from a classic Carpenters song from my childhood. It’s not really the rainy days that get me down. It’s not the dreariness; I love rainy days. I’ve already made that clear in a past blog post. It’s more the fact that it’s raining and it’s Monday, the day I have to get up and go to work. I would rather snuggle up next to the fire with a warm blanket and a good book, drink my cappuccino slowly, and enjoy the rainy Monday.
So what is it that really gets us down? Is it the the fact that we have to do something that we don’t want to do? Is it something that we are afraid of, or is it something that we doubt we are good enough to accomplish?
The lyrics to the song just may give us a clue…Feeling old and want to quit? Does nothing seem to fit? Do you feel like you don’t belong? Or, is there really nothing you can pinpoint is wrong?
The answer is: all of the above! Anyone of these feelings is real and can paralyze us. So what do we do when the feelings overwhelm us? We absolutely have to go to the Word of God!
I open up the pages to the Word of God, and I find a story about David. No, not David the young shepherd boy filling his sling with a choice stone and killing the giant. Rather, fast forward 10 years to the man David, now fighting against discouragement and potential rebellion from his own followers. David finds himself, not in the rich green pastures caring for his flock, but in the dry desert wilderness with 600 of his followers and their families, including his own family.
They return from war to find their entire community attacked, taken captive, plundered and pillaged! And all their wives and children, including David’s, dragged away.
When David and his men discovered all this, they all wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. That is sobbing from the inside out. And what is worse, is that at that moment of despair, David’s men turn to him in anger and want to stone him. Talk about kicking someone when they’re down. Even their very own godly leader.
So what is David to do with all this? Go hide in his bed, pull the covers up over his head, stay in his pajamas all day long, and hide from the world? Should he have gotten angry and have started screaming at his men and say, “How dare you go against me! I am your leader!”
No, David didn’t do any of those things. Instead, David turned to God!
God is the lifter of my head, not my circumstances.
David did not quit; he went to the Lord instead. He went to the Lord first, not after trying to handle it on his own. He then went to the priest and sought God for his next steps to take.
The Lord said to David, “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.” -1 Samuel 30:8
And read it for yourself: that is exactly what happened! They rescued all of their
family members, all of their belongings, and not a single person was killed. All because David was faithful to God, and God’s power showed miraculously in David’s life!
God wants to show His power miraculously in your life and in mine! All we have to do is take our eyes off the rain, off of our circumstances, off of our mood and off of ourselves. We instead need to put our eyes on Him and His word!
Are you willing to read the word of God and to allow it to miraculously transform your mood? God truly can turn our down days upward, when we turn our eyes upward to Him!
A Psalm of David:
“Lord, how they increase that trouble me; many are they that rise up against me. Many are they who say to my soul, ‘there is no help for him in God.’ But thou, oh Lord, are a shield about me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.” Psalm 3
Can rainy days and Mondays get us down? Of course they can! So, how are we going to respond?
What are your rainy days and Mondays? Do you allow those circumstances to dictate the way you act, the way you feel, the fact that you are so down sometimes that you feel you can’t get back up?
Or, are you willing to take a few extra steps in to the place where you can open up God’s word, and read the truth in its pages? It can and will transform your attitude!
Rain or Shine, The Lord My God Is My Comfort Every Day!
Friends, let’s trust God to do exactly what He says He can do! Let’s take God at His word by actually opening up its pages! God’s word will transform our attitudes and our lives. Let’s dig in together! God’s word will transform our lives each and every day, if we let it!
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