There’s a story about a little boy who was not behaving very well, so his parents punished him by placing him in their walk-in closet. When the dad went to check on the boy, he found him sitting in the middle of the closet floor. The dad asked his son what he was doing, and he replied, “I’ve to spit on your clothes, and I’ve to spit on your shoes, and I’m just sitting here waiting for some more spit.” I get that. Some days are diamonds and some days aren’t. These non-diamond days can be frustrating, and they make us want to spit and cuss.
In Psalm 88 we read, “You have driven my friends away by making me repulsive to them. Each day I beg for help, O Lord; O Lord, why do you reject me? You have taken away my companions and loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend.” Can you relate? Sometimes it feels like we’re the only ones without a prom date and even God has forgotten where we live.
I like Mark 3. They brought a man with a withered hand to Jesus, and they wanted Jesus to heal the guy. There were some religious types in the crowd, and they wanted to see what Jesus would do because it was the Sabbath (healing someone on the Sabbath was like running in the church building - you just didn’t do it). In verse 5 it says, “... He looked … at them with anger …” Jesus gets ticked off at these uptight folks, but He uses His anger for good, He heals the man. I don’t know about you, but I want to be like Jesus. I want the days that are not so diamond to reflect my relationship with Christ and to be used for His glory.
1st Thessalonians tells us how to redeem the hard times for God’s good: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God.”
Easy? No. Life applicable and practical? Yes. When you are depressed, anxious or disappointed - God’s will is for you to do 3 things: Maintain joy (don’t worry, be happy). Pray (while you are waiting for some more spit) and give thanks (your hope is in a Person and not a circumstance, be thankful for that, God is for you, and He has a plan). He told me to tell you that.