Have you ever had one of those days, the day when no matter what anyone says or what you do, say,or eat, you just don’t want to get out of bed?
And then you remember that people have it way worse than you. People have dying family members. People have horrible illnesses. People are starving.
But still, your day just seems to stink and none of that makes it stink any less – am I right?
So what’s the solution? What do we do?
I had one of those days…yesterday. And I’m not proud to say I probably didn’t handle it the “godly” way. Instead of going to my Bible or talking to God, I made cookies, and I went to the gym, and I bought pumpkin and cider smelling candles because if I pretend it’s autumn in my house, it will make me feel a little bit better. But is that so wrong? Is it so wrong to surround myself with things that make me feel better if they aren’t necessarily harming me?
I don’t think so. I am just one girl with one opinion, but I don’t think it’s wrong to surround myself with cookies and autumn aromas if they are what make me feel better. I will admit, however, that they probably do not provide the best healing.
I was comforted by my coping mechanisms yesterday, but not entirely. I didn’t have any peace. I was still angry and sad; it was just buried underneath the good-feeling cookies and pumpkins.
So this is where I turn to some real words of wisdom:
“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
The righteous cry out, and theLord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.” (Psalm 34:15-22)
“Why are you cast down, O my soul?And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.” (Psalm 43: 5)
These are a couple of my usual go-to’s when I’m down. Although I didn’t necessarily go to them yesterday, they have helped in the past.
So no, I don’t think it’s wrong to watch some Grey’s, bake some cookies, or smell some pumpkin when you’re down, but nothing beats taking a bite of the Bread of Life.