Regardless of what you might think, there are somedays that are just difficult. Maybe because of conflicts with others, sickness, stress, or just a bad day, you can have a day that you wish would end soon. But, the real question is, “How can I thrive on those bad days when everything seems to go against me?”
Would you like to have an answer that would give you hope and encouragement on those difficult days? Would you like to have a guide line to get you through days of pain and on to days of rejoicing? I believe we all would. I want to give you several things to consider when the storm clouds of stress, pain, conflict, hurt, persecution, afflictions, and other things come your way.
- Remember that God loves you even in the darkest of hours. Love is one of the great facts and emotions that can lift our spirits even in difficult times. I will never forget watching a video of my granddaughter telling her father that she loves grandpa. We all love to hear someone say I love you. So, never forget that God loves you and so do others.
- Remember that God is still in control. This is so hard to do when the world seems like it is falling apart, but God is still on the throne and still in control. Remember that nothing happens that surprises God because He knows the future as well as He knows the past. He knows when we get up and when we go to bed. He knows what is ahead and can and does prepare us for it. I know that some days seem as if God is absent, but He is not, He is still there by our sides.
- Remember that God has a plan for your life. Whether it is through the valley or over the mountaintop, God has a plan for your life. His plan is perfect even in your death. Just like the three Hebrews said when facing the fiery furnace that whether the Lord delivered them or not, He was still the Lord and they would serve Him. God has a plan for you and your life.
- Remember that this will past. I never liked hearing in the middle of a great difficult someone telling me that this will past. It is hard to imagine that one day the pain and suffering will be over, but it will. Time goes by and so do situations and difficulties. Follow the Lord and allow Him to solve the problems and difficulties in His time.
- Remember that you are not the first one who has face this situation. When I was facing ascending aorta replacement, it was an encouragement to me to hear about others who had the same surgery and was doing excellent. It gives us encouragement when we see the success of others who went through very difficult times. God will never place on a person more than he can handle because His grace is sufficient for our needs.
- Remember the good days and remind yourself that you will see them again. Just because today is a difficult day does not mean that tomorrow will be one. Some years are better than others. Some months are better than others. Some weeks are better than others. So we need to patiently wait as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death and realize that on the other side is a glorious day.
- Remember that even the day of death for the Christian is a great day because the Lord will see him or her safely through into His presence. Paul reminds us that when our spirit leaves this body it will return to the Lord who created it. So, even on the day of death, it is a day of grace and mercy.
Enjoy the day! Enjoy your spouse! Enjoy your children and grandchildren! But, most importantly, enjoy the presence of the Lord in your heart and life!
What do you do to help you through those dark and difficult days?