“Yesterday was plain awful.” as Little Orphan Annie once said. It sometimes feels that way, but some days really are worse than others. We wake up with positive thoughts, which are suddenly cut short by bad news. We go through the day with high hopes only to have them come crashing down in just an instant. Scarlet O’Hara had her own way of dealing with the struggles of every day. She’d turn on the charm, use her feminine wiles and be able to face each rising of the sun with the confidence that she could win some unsuspecting young man to her way of thinking and save the day because of it.
I am the naive one, who believes that laughter is my secret weapon, however lately there has been very little to laugh about. The outside world seems to be my enemy. I’m given to bouts of sadness, loneliness and helplessness. Usually I don’t have trouble shaking those feelings, but this has been one heck of a time for everyone. Our sadness can easily turn to depression, frustration, loss of hope and even take us to dark places we don’t need to visit.
We’ve been experiencing a time like I’ve never seen during my entire life. Things have shut down. We can’t visit our favorite restaurant, theatre or venue of entertainment. We’re stuck in a rut, which far outweighs the usual cabin fever we usually experience at this time of the year. When you become a slave to old movies and mystery shows that kill off more than three people per episode, you’re trying to escape, but only by putting yourself in one of those rabbit holes. When the daily news becomes reason for you to fret – when politics gets in the way of your enjoyment – when anger festers to the point of lost relationships – when isolation separates you from those you love – when you’re told to be tolerant of every kind of behavior except for the beliefs you hold dear – when people who have touched your life die – when egos get in the way – all those things intensify with being in a state of being alone.
I am fortunate to have a spouse who I can share my frustrations with. He has always been supportive of my feelings and concerned for both for my spiritual and physical welfare. Yet if I were to be on my own, I still have someone who can make life bearable, because He’s experienced so much more of life than I ever have. Tomorrow is another day, but with Jesus, it can be the best day ever.
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”