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A Word for the Worst Days

Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. Those days when the world drizzles in shades of grey, everything is sob-worthy, and the future feels like a tower of bricks stacked on today's tired shoulders. Sounding melodramatic? Well, yeah, there's that, too. We're also all heroines in our own soap operas on those fantabulous days.

Guys, don't panic—this post is not all about hormones. Y'all have days just as drizzly and demoralizing, I know. In fact, it happens to all of us. That is called life.

So maybe it's hormones, or maybe it's stress. Maybe it's the worst day at work you've ever had. Maybe you failed at something or lost something, or maybe you just don't know how to push through whatever you're dealing with right now. Whatever it is, in the middle of those storms, we tend to lose all perspective. And that, too, is perfectly normal—we are egocentric beings with finite little minds, after all.

So what is the solution? I'll cut to the chase—there's no magic spell to stop the rain or roll back the clouds or mute the thunder.

There is, however, an umbrella.

It is called God.

God, who has infinite perspective and still perfectly understands yours. God, who holds the universe in His hands, who named the stars and turns daylight on and off in perfect time, who has lived the essence of the human experience through His son Jesus, and who may not stop the rain for us, but will stand between us and the storm—our shelter and shield—and bear us through it if we turn to Him.

Maybe you feel like you're standing alone in the rain with no strength to move forward. And you know what? Maybe right now you don't need to worry about moving anywhere. Just be strong in a still way. Turn to God. Lift your face into the pouring rain and say, "God, I feel so alone right now, but I know You'll get me through this. I know I'll see the sun again, even if I don't feel that right now. I trust you."

That trust is your umbrella. Hold onto it, don't let anything tear it from your wet, white-knuckled hand. God is with you in the rain, and He bore the brunt of that storm for you—in all its thundering, flashing fury—on the cross. There is nothing you cannot weather beneath the shelter of His infinite love. Trust that. Hang on.

The Son is going to shine. I promise.

From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. ~Ps. 61:2
The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yeah, than the mighty waves of the sea. ~Ps. 93:4
Trust in him at all times: ye people, pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us. ~Ps. 62:8

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