What God Can Do With a Very Bad Day

To borrow from my wonderful pastor when presented with awful news (see Good Grief and Self-Pity), I have had one of those days Judith Viorst wrote about in her classic children’s book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

This little book tells of a boy named Alexander who  knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair – and it got worse…his best friend deserted him, there was no dessert in his lunch bag, and, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV! He ends up wishing he could go to Australia only to hear from his mom that bad days happen in Australia too.

How does my day compare?  Think flying expresso grinds spilled in the air and finding every nook and cranny of my kitchen, and mild mental meltdown that almost robbed me of my dreams, and a husband who sprains his ankle (later discovered broken), and finally a fender bender moment as I back into my husband’s truck.

If I’d known the events this day would have brought, I would have stayed in bed.

But God.

Yes, but God wanted something more from me today. He wanted me to read Isaiah 26:3. He made the events so that I will not soon forget the scripture reference and I am sure He did this so I can encourage a friend with these words in the near future. God is like that.

“Thou wilt keep Keiki in perfect peace, when her mind is stayed on Jesus:
because she trusteth in Jesus.”

I was left at the end of this day asking ‘God, how are you going to Romans 8:28 this day?’  And as this day comes to an end, I am reminded of a lovely song by Caedman’s Call that sums it up quite beautifully. Watch it here.

As I walked with Him today – He restored my soul.

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