WOW, it’s spring, your windows are open, and the birds are singing. You roll over and anticipate just how glorious this day will be. You stretch and climb out of bed. Out of your bathroom window, you can see the hummingbirds floating to the beauty of this day. It is indeed a great day to be alive.
You know you are blessed when you take off down the sidewalk and head to work and remember how much the boss appreciates you. You even got a promotion with a hefty pay raise. You have been eying that leather couch at the store down the street. Now you can get it and impress all of your friends.
The sky is dark when you wake up. A big snowstorm is coming your way. It is Oh so freezing outside, and this is starting out to be a harsh winter. You roll over and tuck those blankets around you. It is nearly impossible to climb out of bed to go to work.
When you do talk yourself into getting out of bed, you run for the thermostat and crank it up then put on your most massive robe. It is impossible to stay warm inside your tiny apartment.
You finally get in the shower. A hot shower is probably the only good thing about this day. When you are finished and have consumed your third cup of hot coffee, you realize you will be late for work.
You head out dredging down the sidewalk dressed in all of your winter garbs. As you half walk half run to work you remember you will be laid off at the end of the month. Only two more weeks left on your paycheck. How will you pay the rent and buy Christmas this year?
Everything looks so dark and bleak.
Both of these girls are the same age and have the same ethnic background. One is happy, and one is desperate. Life can be smooth or rough. It is full of ups and downs. One minute we feel blessed and the next we feel like God has left us.
God says to us in his word that we are not to fear when times get hard.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
He is clear when he says he is always with us. He sacrificed his only son so you may have light and peace. He did this so we may have a savior and have him with us at all times.
Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
He sacrificed his only son so we may have light and peace. He did this so we may have the Lord God with us at all times.
Romans 8:32 He who did not keep back his only Son, but gave him up for us all, will he not with him freely give us all things?
In good times you feel blessed, and in severe times you feel forsaken. There are times when you will not feel his blessings but just know you are always cared for when you are in the hands of the Lord.
Psalm 115:15 May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Remember that when times seem the darkest, there is always sun to brighten your day. It is the Son of the Lord Jesus Christ. The only begotten Son sent to earth to you in times that look dreary and cold.
Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
God is on your side in good and bad times. He has a plan for you and will be faithful to carry it through to the end.