This morning I woke up feeling sick to my stomach. Then, I found out that I was going to have the opportunity to sing for the directors of the Gospel Music Association in the afternoon during a class. Of course I was ecstatic, but I was also frustrated to be dealing with (what I didn’t know at the time) sickness. I pushed through and sang for the special guests. Then, I ended up going to the doctor and found out that I had strep. After the appointment I tried to call my mom to tell her but my phone died. Then, I went to the Wal-Mart to pick up my prescription. Unfortunately, it was not ready so I shopped around. The moment that I stepped up to the register at the pharmacist and was giving my name BAM, the power went out! Wal-Mart went from being super bright and hopping to dim and people evacuating. My first thought was “seriously?” My phone already died, I had groceries melting in my cart, and I was not going to be able to get my medicine. Luckily, I headed to the regular check outs which were on generators for thirty minutes. The pharmacy shut down and all I could think was, “How am I going to get my medicine?” I knew I could call the doctor and pick it up somewhere else… Oh wait! My phone was dead. I proceeded to get in my car and take what I thought was a faster way home, but the traffic was a nightmare. I decided I needed to get home ASAP and have one of my housemates call the doctor before it was 5pm because they would leave for the weekend and who knew when Wal-Mart would regain power. I kept watching my clock on the car 4:45, 4:50, 4:55. I whipped my car into my parking lot and ran inside the house at 4:57 and my roommate Jen called the pharmacy in the nick of time! I got the order sent in to the local Target and now I am already feeling so much better and am laughing at today’s events.
Do you ever have those moments or those days when things just don’t seem like they can get any worse? The moment you think that, BAM the power goes out in the Wal-Mart! What do we do when stressors are thrown our way? I think about those cartoons Goofy, Kronk, etc. where they have an angel on one shoulder and a demon on the other. We have two options, we can give into our sinful nature, or we cling to the Spirit and look to the Lord. I am not saying that I believe we have an angel and a demon resting on our shoulders, but I am saying that this is a good picture of how we have to decide how we are going to respond when tough times come our way. Galatians 5:16 says, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” I cannot say with a clear conscience that today I walked by the Spirit throughout the events, but I tried. I have found that our outlook makes a huge difference in how we receive and respond to life. Here are some simple tips to having a more positive outlook:
Tip 1: Look Up – Before we go to our natural instincts, we should look to Jesus. He is above our circumstances. (John 6:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”)
Tip 2: Learn to be Thankful – It is important to see clearly what are actually “spilled milk” circumstances. God’s will is to thank Him. (1 Thes. 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.)
Tip 3: Laugh – If we wallow in the negativity, it is only going to make our frustrations worse. When we can learn to laugh at our situations and even sometimes ourselves, it will bring in a whole new level of positivity. (Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”)
So, even though today was that kind of day, I can truthfully say that I have come out of it laughing at the circumstances and hope to always be a woman who can laugh at the days to come. (Proverbs 31:25)