Reference: “This is a lament and is to be used as a lament.” (Ezekiel 19:14b NIV)
Explore: It was just one of those days. I had woken up on the wrong side of bed and things did not improve from there.
To begin with it was raining and I had 20 billion loads of washing to do, my youngest boy had wet his bed overnight and I burned my mouth on my breakfast (don’t ask!) But the worst was yet to come.
As I stood on the brick steps out the front of my house, I caught my sandal on one of the steps and fell heavily on my leg. Thankfully I was wearing jeans, which saved my skin from being torn, however, the pain was excruciating.
I quickly hobbled inside, grabbed some frozen peas and sat, with my leg up, holding the pseudo-ice pack on my leg. While I look back now with a slight bit of humour, I must say that, at the time, I saw nothing funny about my situation. I had lots to do and was now out of action due to my own clumsiness.
Application: There are some days when you think it would be better for the world if you just climbed back into bed. My hope is that these days don’t happen often for you, but I can appreciate that they do pop up every now and again.
It’s nice to know, that even on days such as this, there are passages in the Bible that give us comfort. Ezekiel 19 was not a happy chapter. Things had not turned out well and a lament was written.
I appreciate that, at the end of this chapter, the writer mentions that this is in fact a lament and doesn’t excuse the downcast nature of this story. It reminds me that the Bible is in touch with our lives, and the history of Israel – while sometimes quite depressing – can give us comfort in our own turmoil.
Yes, you will continue to have bad days, even though you worship the Creator of the Universe. However, that does not mean that you are alone and He does not understand.
Prayer: Lord, may we acknowledge our down days, not as a sign that You have abandoned us, but that we live in a fallen world. Help us to know Your presence in these times of trouble. Amen.
What does your faith tell you about bad days?