Ever had one of THOSE days? You know what I mean. A day in which everything was going so well, that is until you got out of bed. I had one of those days this week. It started off with a failed smog test on my car, for which I would have to return for another try. Then, an appointment at my bank that should have taken ten minutes but took nearly two hours. That was followed by a phone call telling me that I needed to know that a certain person was harboring some ill will against me, and the caller thought I needed to know. And then, the cherry on top of it all, a fender-bender at the gas station.
And, instead of following the recommendation of the Apostle Peter, “Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7). And, then that of the Apostle Paul, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, let your request be known God, and the peace that passes understanding will guard your heart and mind” (Philippians 4:6-7). I let the first thing bother me and upon that disturbance piled number two, then three, and finally four. By not casting my care upon God or bring my anxiety to him, I became distraught, depressed, and distracted.
I remember a demonstration one time where a man, who was wearing a clean, white tee shirt, purposely spilled his chocolate ice cream down the front of the shirt. He then attempted to rub the stain out with his hand. The result? The stain just grew larger and larger. He then removed the shirt and dunked it in a pan of water that contained a bleaching solution. Following a bit of scrubbing in that solution, he held up a clean, white tee shirt. The moral of his story? More times than not, when we turn to our own devises to solve various dilemmas in our lives, we tend to make the matters worse instead of better. But when we bring these cares and anxieties to the Lord Jesus, we find that He truly does care and, in that moment, begins to fill our life with His peace and joy.
The next morning, I took a long walk and had a good talk with my Lord Jesus. I confessed the fact that I had allowed my circumstances to overwhelm me and instead of carrying them to Him, I had allowed myself to be overcome by them. In that moment of confession, His peace began to enfold me, and His joy began to fill my heart again.
This morning, my car passed the state required smog test. A phone call to the offended individual solved a misunderstanding in about two minutes. The bank tells me that I need to return this afternoon to resolve my dilemma with them. An adjuster will assess the damage to my car’s fender and point me to a body shop for repair. The crises of Monday are working themselves out. And today? Well, I am attempting to heed the advice of the Psalmist, “This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24).