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Happy Friday! As if Friday couldn’t get any more fabulous, we get to hear from my younger (but wiser) sister Cally today!
So after reading Elizabeth’s post yesterday, I was completely tracking with her, since this week on Tuesday I was more of an emotional wreck than I usually like to be, and by the time I read her blog on Wednesday, I was feeling like life was great, God was great, and I was doing just fine!
So I started thinking, why am I so quick to question the Lord when I’m frustrated and impatient but praise the Lord when things are going my way?
I am in an interesting season of life, in that I am trying to start my own business right out of college, and I have moved back home with my parents because the cash flow doesn’t yet exist. There are days when I am eager to get out of bed, read my Bible, and start working, feeling fully confident that this is exactly where the Lord wants me.
But there are also days when I hit snooze 12 times, reminding myself that “no one will know,” and then spend the day frustrated that a possible partnership didn’t work out or because I receive a look from a neighbor that says, “Your poor parents. I thought all that tuition money was intended so that you could be successful and get your own house.” On those days, I immediately question the Lord’s plan for my life and start looking for “real jobs.” And on days like today, after seeing a high and a low so close together, I feel like a fickle, emotional girl.
I have been reading through Psalms, and on Tuesday I read Psalm 7, where David seemed a bit stressed out:
On Wednesday, I read Psalm 8, which begins,
Those are two exclamations to which I could completely relate. Even David went through times when, just like Elizabeth’s running, some days are wonderful and you could run for miles. Then there are other days when you pray with every step that you might sprain your ankle so you can call someone to pick you up and take you home.
The important thing to remember in all of this is that even when we are emotional basket cases, the Lord is constant.
He invites our questions, doubts, and fears, but He also wants us to praise Him through our circumstances. I know there are still going to be days when I just need to cry and be frustrated, but even on those days, I need to be praising the Lord.