You know, this week has been interesting to say the least. Have you ever had one of those weeks/days where there's nothing really bad happening but you feel a cloud over you? I mean, I'm looking outside as I type this and it's a beautiful sunny day but somehow, clouds seem determined to have a little pow wow around me. Have you ever had one of those days? weeks?
Yeah, not the 'Sign me up please!' kinda situations. More like the 'run, forrest, run' kinda stuff. But you try to run and those pesky feet and legs are like heavy logs that want to grow roots right there where you find yourself; determined to crush your spirit.
I've had a busy week getting ready for events, end of school year, missions trip meeting, leaders meeting and SUMMER planning!!!! (my fave). The week before was exceptional and I've found that usually, when you've had an exceptional week 'someone' tries to bust your little bubble of wonderfulness. And that 'someone' comes disguised in more ways than we can ever count like a leaking pipe in the house, a stressful week at work, water from the shower leaking through your kitchen ceiling, a sick little child, a flat tire as you are running late to work, and on and on and on.
So what do you do? What do you do when clouds are determined to cover that beautiful sunshine you so delight to bask in? Because those little stubborn clouds will come whether they've received a personal invitation or not.
I think of King David when he said in Psalm 40:1-3: "I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;..." Cause that's how it feels at times, doesn't it? Like you woke up one morning and took your first step and fell into a pit, a slimy one at that, and your feet got stuck in some yucky mud. Gotta love that King David, he expressed himself to God with heart in hand. No reservations.
What I love about his recordings in Psalms is that with each 'life in the mud' statement he cried out to God He followed by a statement of who God is and what his response should be in that specific situation. Psalm 42:11 where he says: "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." Do you see it? First David states his state of being, 'downcast, disturbed' and then He tells himself what to do 'put your hope in God, praise Him' and then he acknowledges why, because He is "my God, my Savior". I wonder what would happen if we followed this pattern when clouds come upon our spirits? Hmmm....
I don't know about you, but many mornings as I am rudely awaken by my alarm from that beautiful thing called 'sleep' I can pretty much pin point what my 'attitude' is going to be like. I mean, you can feel it, sense it. It's either an 'aaaahhhhhhh' kinda waking or a 'aarrrrggggghhhhhhhh' kinda waking. And one thing is for sure, your attitude can shape the way the day unfolds and in the way you respond to the events of the day. What to do to adjust our attitude? Is it even possible? Well, yes, we know it is but how? I discovered sometime ago that something that helps me adjust my attitude is worship through music. It helps to bring perspective to the day ahead. When I wake up and feel the 'ARGHHHH' creeping in I quickly go to my phone and click the Spotify icon. The music begans and I listen to it as I take my shower, do my 'hairs', brush the teeth, drive to work, while at work. I often find a 'theme' song for the day and sing it out loud, when appropriate :) (cause you know, not sure I can sing to the top of my lungs while I'm dealing with kids and parents at school). And here's what it does, it changes the 'mood', it realigns the 'attitude', it redirects 'perspective'. Because there is no way my attitude can remain rotten when I sing:
On the day I called
You answered me
And the hope in my soul increased
I lift my hands
And turn my eyes
To the God who heals my heart
And gives me peace
You are more than
My words could ever say
You are Lord over all
Over all of my days
I will see this season through
I will fix my eyes on You
So, what will you do? How will you prepare for those cloudy days? What umbrella will you bust out open to shelter your spirit from being soaked by the heavy rain? Music may not be your thing but I encourage you be prepared, to not let the 'clouds' determine the attitude of your day nor the state of your being. I encourage you to learn to recognize the days in which your attitude will need a major adjustment and then find the thing you need to implement into days like these so you can disperse the 'clouds' above.
Next time you wake up and you realize it's going to be an 'arrrrgggghhh' kinda day, RUN!!! Run like Forrest! Run to the thing that will lift you out of the pit, that will realign your spirit. I run to music, which leads me to worship, which leads me to God and leads me far from the rotten attitude the 'clouds' had me destined for. Now you know.....RUN FORREST, RUN!!!!