In the Elvis Presley movie, G.I. Blues, (there I go, dating myself again!) Elvis sings the following song:
Didja’ ever get one of them days, boy
Didja’ ever get one of them days
When nothin’ is right from mornin’ till night
Didja’ ever get one of them days
Well, that was my theme song for yesterday! It actually started the day before with a phone call telling me that I didn’t get the job that I had really wanted. Then yesterday morning started off with finding out that my cat had knocked over a living room lamp, breaking the glass lamp shade into teeny, tiny smithereens all over the couch. While trying to vacuum it all up to make sure that my hubby didn’t get a nasty surprise you- know -where, I ended up getting a glass sliver in my finger.
Later on that morning, I went to the Adult Day Centre where I volunteer and I proceeded to drop a wide variety of things on the floor.
This was followed up by an afternoon phone call from my hubby telling me that he had injured his leg at work and had to be off work for a few days. He had also developed a migraine. ALL of this happened to him before he was to have a phone interview for a new job. He took the interview but was in a lot of pain.
Back at home, the cable, Netflix, and DVD player weren’t working.
All this “joy” was topped with a “cherry” by the receiving of an unpleasant letter from a lawyer regarding a personal matter. ( I must confess that I felt like “going about like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour” , or slapping someone upside the head at the very least)
All of this” joy” left us looking like two old deflated balloons lying on the couch.
And then I read the following posting on Facebook: “Forget the day’s troubles; Remember the day’s blessings”. This was followed by an email from my Mom (to whom which I of course had to pour out all my frustrations), which said almost the same thing. God trying to tell me something?
I am sure that you have also suffered from “One of them days”. When this happens (and it will) we need to remember the following:
We live in a sin corrupted world:
Gen 3:17 And to Adam He said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it! The ground is cursed for your sake. In pain shall you eat of it all the days of your life.
Rom 8:21 that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rom 8:22 And we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.
Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,
This sin corrupted world is ruled by an evil god (notice the lower case “g”):
2Co 4:4 in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving ones
1Jn 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the antichrist you heard is coming, and even now is already in the world.
Eph 2:2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience; ( notice it is “prince” and not “King”)
This god and prince is a believer’s enemy (there is a saying, “know thine enemy”):
Mat 13:37 He answered and said to them, He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man;
Mat 13:38 the field is the world; the good seed are the sons of the kingdom; but the darnel are the sons of the evil one.
Mat 13:39 The enemy who sowed them is the Devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Act 13:10 and said, O son of the Devil, full of all deceit and all craftiness, enemy of all righteousness, will you not stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?
Our enemy works to destroy us:
1Pe 5:8 Be sensible and vigilant, because your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone he may devour
Joh 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy
So how does knowing the “who, how and why” of our difficulties help us to deal with those difficulties? We can deal with them because we have our heavenly Father’s promises that we are not alone in our struggles, there is help for here and now and we have a guarantee of victory at the end.
Joh 16:33 I have spoken these things to you so that you might have peace in Me. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36 As it is written, “For Your sake we are killed all the day long. We are counted as sheep of slaughter.”
Rom 8:37 But in all these things we more than conquer through Him who loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1Pe 4:7 But the end of all things has drawn near. Therefore be of sound mind, and be sensible to prayers.
1Pe 4:12 Beloved, do not be astonished at the fiery trial which is to try you, as though a strange thing happened to you,
1Pe 4:13 but rejoice according as you are partakers of Christ’s suffering, so that when His glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pe 4:14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of God and of glory rests on you.
Therefore, when we have “one of those days” we are instructed and encouraged to comply with the following:
Php 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Php 4:8 Finally, my brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think on these things.
I am off to “think on these things” and “count my blessings”.
May God bless, encourage, comfort and strengthen you during your “one of them days”.
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God has done;
Count your blessings … name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.