Being Ok…when things are not OK.

Bad days. Good days. We all have them. The ups and downs of life are….just part of life. And – it’s a fact that some days are harder than others. Too often, though, I think that we just kind of end up wallowing in the bad. We have this mind-set that we have to grit our teeth and bear it. Put on a game face – don’t show the enemy weakness. Always striving to believe ….’this too shall pass’ – and then I’ll get on with the “good” part of my life.

A very dear friend of mine threw me a life line recently in the form of a little devotional book. And as always happens – somehow – between me and her and God – this particular day He gave me just the message I needed to hear – just when I needed to hear it.

In a nut shell it was this – “It’s OK to tell God EXACTLY how you are feeling.” As a matter of fact – He knows anyway! He knows exactly what is in your heart at all times. And the crazy thing is – he WANTS to hear it. So just go ahead and enjoy the most perfect relationship where you can just be you. Where you can unload and not worry that a grudge will be held because of what you said. Where you can shout about your burdens and praise God for your blessings in the same breath.

In other words…..some days it simply is OK not to be OK.

Humans are demonstrative creatures. God made us to feel emotion. If you are happy – tell God why. If you are weary – admit it to God and ask for strength. If you are feeling sad – ask for comfort. If you are afraid – that’s OK too. It is okay to be weak…..because we are human.

As a matter of fact – 2nd Corinthians 12, verses 9-10 tell us that God WANTS us to show our weaknesses. “But He said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Oh! How refreshing to know that God accepts us just as we are. On the hard days, on the scary days, on the sad and weary days – it’s okay if our lives are not perfect. It’s okay to admit that we don’t have it all together all the time. be human. Give God your bad and watch him make it good.

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses,
in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
(2 Cor. 12:9-10)

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