God’s Training Day
Have you ever had one of those days when everything went terribly wrong? So wrong that you are convinced you are trapped in a movie or television show? The camera is rolling and you are the star. You are getting pranked and set up for failure as you stumble and fumble your way through a day completely beyond your control.
This week I had one of those days.
The day started out great. I went for an early morning swim at a nearby lake. The sky was clear and deep blue, the warm sun rose gently over the mountains, and I floated on my back kicking and stroking my cares away.
Hmm…maybe that was my first clue.
The moment I got to work I stepped on to the set of a slapstick comedy. I got whacked on the nose, broke a sheet of glass, ripped my new shirt, pulled out of the driveway with a flat tire…and it was only 10 a.m. The rest of the day was one hilarious knee-slapper after another.
I never wanted a day to end so badly.
When I got home I collapsed on the sofa exhausted and wondered what God was up to and why.
As far as days go in my line of work, I’ve had worse. This day was only a long string of comical mishaps, challenges, and set-backs. Nothing I could not handle with a bit of patience, persistence and perseverance. Determined to get the job done the best way I knew how.
Maybe that was it? God put me through a horrible, frustrating day to see how I would react?
Would I lose it? Start yelling and shouting in frustration. Say and do things I would regret later. “Sorry, I was caught up in the moment. You know how it is.”
Would I joke about it? Dismiss it outright? “Oh wow, what else can go wrong? Can you believe this day? Crazy, crazy.”
Or would I discover something about myself? “This was a terrible day but for some reason I wasn’t bothered or upset. I kept right on going. Wow, cool…”
I believe God orchestrates “Training Days” to not only see how we react but to prepare us for worse days ahead. Worse days will come, without a doubt. Although you are a Christ-loving, God-worshiping son or daughter of the Almighty Lord in Heaven, this does not mean you will lead a carefree, crisis-free life. Christians are not exempt from pain, suffering, disappointment, stress, failure and heartache. Welcome to life in our broken, fallen world.
The key is how we respond when life gets mean, rough and downright dirty.
Do we retreat from the world, curl up in a ball and lick our wounds? Or do we stand tall, remind ourselves who we are in Christ and how we need to keep the faith and “walk the talk.”
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James 2:26)
“What would Jesus do?” is our main frame of reference. Jesus was full of grace, love, mercy, tenderness, compassion, all those beautiful qualities. But the Christ was also tough, forthright, honest, disciplined, outgoing, fearless, and stubbornly persistent. Jesus paid the ultimate price and never questioned who He was, what He did or said or why He was put on this earth.
As daughters and sons of God Almighty, we are tempered steel. God puts us through trials of fire to not only strengthen us but make us malleable to withstand life’s battering storms.
Many are called, but few are chosen. Do we stand or do we run and hide? How we respond to crises will only serve to further define and strengthen ourselves in Christ.
Where one day we become invincible. We keep fear at bay, dismiss the Tempter, push aside depression and despair, and brush away doubt and insecurity. We stand bold and upright, on solid and sacred ground, ready and willing to take on the world and do our best. Never forgetting who saved us from sin and death and changed our lives forever.
When your day goes haywire, do not think of it as a Bad Day. Think of it as your Training Day. A day when God forces you to reach deep inside and pull out all Christ has planted within you. Astound yourself and the world with how you respond and how further into Christ you go.A Bad Day is only your Training Day Click To Tweet
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