I’m not having the best day

sadMy day hasn’t gone brilliantly so far.

I decided to deliver the 300 remaining flyers for our church fun day and when I was most of the way around the heavens opened and I got soaked.

We then had a phone call from school to say that our youngest daughter had fallen from some play equipment and they were worried about her arm. Tracey took her off to A&E and unfortunately her arm is broken and it is being put in plaster as I write this.

Whilst Tracey was at the hospital, I drove my son and some friends across town and got stuck in a traffic jam because of a closed road.

I have just got home from picking my other daughter up and have stopped to reflect on my day so far.

How should I feel?

I guess the answer depends on whether you believe that our feelings are determined by our circumstances or not.

Our church fun day is tomorrow and the forecast is showing that we might get some rain. A few days ago I was praying about this and I believe that God spoke to me. It’s hard to put into words what he said, but in a nutshell I felt challenged as to whether my trust was in God or in the forecast. It felt like God was telling me to trust him and to pray rather than to be consumed by what the forecast was saying.

Where is your focus? What is dominating your thoughts?

I am feeling the pressure of today’s circumstances but mostly God is shaping my feelings at the moment.

I would be lying if I said that I was calm and peaceful but I am certainly not stressed. I am looking to God rather than letting what has happened shape and define who I am.

Instead of worrying about whether it will rain tomorrow, I am talking with the God who can control the weather and I’m trusting in him.

Where is your focus? What is dominating your thoughts?

I love these words from Psalm 42.5

‘Now I am deeply discouraged but I will remember you’.

Let’s choose to look to God and to allow him to shape us and to lead us through life.

I have to go and collect David and his friends in a little while. The traffic jam may still be there but I am quite happy to go and get them nevertheless. After all, as I sit in the traffic I can talk with God!

You can read more about Psalm 42 in Why am I discouraged and sad?

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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