As a self-described little black rain cloud of sorts.. I too often find myself lamenting circumstances, and choices on my life's journey. From this I was 'inspired' to write the 'Larson Lamentations'. The following is an excerpt from chapter 1.
The Larson Lamentations
1:1 Everything is stupid, everyone is dumb, please leave me alone, and.. my back hurts.
1:2 I'm bored, there is nothing on TV, and in November we will be voting for a new president between tweedle dee and tweedle dumb. Please pass the bucket.
1:3 It's 9 a.m. I have been awake for three hours and I just wanna go back to bed
1:4 (intentional pause)
1:5 Did I mention my back hurts? WELL IT DOES.. it hurts a-lot!
My LL Motto: Serve no WHINE before it's time.
Ok, this is just the first 5 verses, but my 'little black rain cloud' persona is evident. What do you think? Yes far from scriptural but while this is an embellishment of a bad attitude, there are threads of truth in how we (or should I say ME) often feel. This 'broken' world and our circumstances (deserved and undeserved) can leave us tired, discouraged, depressed, and feeling hopeless.
Then to the rescue this morning my wife and I read 'Jesus Calling' devotional from Susan Young. Here are few excerpts.
... Accept each day exactly as it comes to you. By that I mean not only the circumstances of your day but also the condition of your body. .... Some days the demands on you are greater than your strength. You have two choices on such days.. give up, or rely on Jesus. If you choose to give up.. I will not reject you. You can turn to me at any point and I will help you out of your mire of discouragement. ... I will infuse My strength into you moment by moment, giving you all that you need for this day. Trust me by relying on My empowering Presence.
Psalms 42:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Seriously I do struggle with the 'little black rain cloud' persona. I currently am struggling, but today I choose not give up. I choose to pray for God's strength for all that I need. I choose to praise Him today for the blessings and pitfalls of this life. Today I choose Him to be the providence for all I need, to work hard, choose well, and seek to honor God in all that I do.
note: It goes without saying.. The process of choosing God and praising Him will not be included in the Larson Lamentations.
May God bless, encourage, and provide for each of you today in a way that is inside and outside of your circumstances and in ways that are .. BEYOND YOUR DREAMS.
Jeff (not currently lamenting) Larson
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson