There are so many kinds of “just one of those days.” It almost always carries a negative connotation. I don’t really think too much of someone getting a promotion and coming home to their spouse saying, “It was just one of those days.”
Nah. Those kinds of days are always special, unique. You don’t celebrate “one of those days.”
I start out this way because today, yes, has been one of those days for me.
So, what exactly should I write about a day like today? What is it that God has to say on days like this? Well, let’s see.
I’ll try going back to a psalm that I read this morning: Psalm 21. These couple of verses stood out to me this morning, and now, they take on a different shape.
How the king rejoices in your strength, O LORD! He shouts with joy because you give him victory. For you have given him his heart’s desire; you have withheld nothing he requested.
Now, this is a psalm of David, and based on what he says here, we know that this came from a moment of rejoicing and prosperity.
Looking back on these verses after today, they stand in stark contrast to the way that I feel on a day like today. Now, it wasn’t a particularly terrible day, by any means. These lines, however, just don’t seem to fit.
The things to remember, though, are the things that He has done. It immediately reminds me of verse from another psalmist:
And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.” But then I recall all your wonderful deeds of long ago.
The important thing to remember on days like today is this; they’re going to happen. For the second psalmist (Asaph in this case), there must have been some major hardship going on for him to say that God had completely turned his back on him. What he did in that moment though was the complete opposite of how I tend to react.
Now, he didn’t lie to himself and say that everything was okay. He didn’t paint an inaccurate picture of the situation. What he did do, though, was that he checked himself. He realized that he wasn’t necessarily painting an accurate picture of his God.
So, in the face of the circumstances, Asaph remembered the strength of his God. He remembered his days similar to those that David sang and wrote about.
We should do our best do the same thing. There’s no need to paint the situation up as something positive when it’s not, but don’t start forcing the negative qualities of that situation onto your God. Remember all He’s done.
Quite frankly, remember the cross.