Having a bad day? Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? I can relate. On more than one occasion, I have had my share of bad days and mini-meltdowns. I’ve stumbled out of bed, eagerly awaiting my morning cup of coffee only to find, to my shock and horror, the container completely empty. That’s like running out of toilet paper…it should never happen!! I think to myself, ‘How is this day going to go?’ Well, with a crying baby on my hip as I try to calmly explain to my older boys why gluing notes to the toilet seat is NOT OK, I wonder why I even asked. Then among all the chaos, for reasons unknown, I decided today was a good day to make some new kitchen creation that made a complete mess of my kitchen that resulted in food in my hair and dishes piled to the ceiling. After baby gets put down for a nap, I proceed to get the house back in order ten minutes before my husband walks through the door and asks, “So..How was your day?” At first, I just give him THE LOOK. (Yeah, you know which one I’m talking about.) The one that says, ‘Do you really want me to answer that?’ Instead, I just say, ‘Great! How was yours?’ When all heads are turned, I quickly make my escape to my one place of solitude-the bathroom.( Yes, the bathroom.) I take a hot shower, washing away the stress of the day and I feel better. Renewed and ready for what comes next. Then, I hear it…knocking. Loud, constant knocking with the sounds of a brotherly argument brewing on the other side. I take a deep breath, in and out, then I open the door and lay down the law.
Sound familiar? At some point, we have all had those kinds of days. You are worn out, tired, and might be willing to hide in a closet somewhere if it meant a little peace and quiet. But the Lord says, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.” When you find yourself in a stressful situation-stop, take a deep breath, say a prayer and remember: The Lord is there, waiting, with rest for your weary soul.
“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. ” -Psalm 34:17-19