And you think that YOU are having a bad day! OK, we’ve all been there. You’re having a bad day. Your alarm clock didn’t go off. You're running late and then when you’re ready for work the car won’t start! You finally make it into work but before you can tell your coworker YOUR tale of woe, they tell you what THEY are going through. And suddenly you realize that what you are going through is not all that bad... You think to yourself, “Wow! I’m glad that I’m not THAT person! My life could be a lot worse! I could be going through what THAT person is going through!
OK, but what if YOU were the other person? What if YOUR story is the story that makes all the OTHER people think, “Well, it could be worse, I could be ______ (insert your name)!
For much of his life, St. Paul was THAT person. Paul had gone through countless hardships for the sake of the Gospel. He was beaten and imprisoned. He was ship wrecked, hungry and poor. And yet in all of these afflictions Paul was joyful! How could someone who had gone through all of the calamities that Paul had gone through possibly be joyful?
Paul was joyful, because in the midst of all of his trials, Paul was certain of the love of Jesus! Paul was confident in the hope of salvation through Jesus Christ! Regarding God’s provision, Paul writes, “‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation!” (1 Corinthians 6:2)
TODAY is the day that God is showing His love to you! Just at the right time, just when we needed Him most, Jesus came to rescue us! Jesus’ love is for you TODAY! Even in the midst of what may very well be a trying time for you, Jesus your Good Shepherd walks with you to sustain you and to show you His love TODAY!
I pray that in the midst of whatever trials you may be facing, that you can trust in the love of Jesus Christ. That the Holy Spirit would provide you great endurance, patience and the power of God!
This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24)
Trusting in the love of Jesus,