One day I’m going to bungee cord.
I’m going to let them strap me in and I’ll step off. I’ll swoop down like a bird, and then boomerang back up. It’s on my bucket list and I’ll post pictures when it happens.
Maybe some of you will be with me, and we’ll do it together!
As exciting as this sounds, I don’t want the same experience in my faith. I don’t want to feel like I’m stepping off a ledge, only to plummet and then swoop back up. But let’s get real, that can happen.
A good day = up.
A bad day = down.
On a good day, God is good. On a good day, I am good. On a good day, life is working out like I hoped and so God must be in control.
On a bad day, God has forgotten me. I wonder if he sees what is going on. I question whether faith is worth it. Doesn’t faith equal a good life?
On Day #11 of Living a Life of Thank You, we are going to dismiss the myth that good or bad days determine our worth, God’s love, or our capacity for joy.
Bad days will happen
In Matthew 7, Jesus describes two houses. One is built on sand. The other on rock. A storm sweeps down from the mountains and batters the houses.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:25)
The rain fell, the torrents raged, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its collapse!” (Matthew 7:27)
The storm was the same; the outcome was different.
The first house was built on sand. Sand shifts. Even if it holds for a season, eventually the heaviness of the house will be greater than the sand. Cracks and instability is a result.
The other house had its foundation on the rock. This was no ordinary or small rock. This rock was massive. The builder had to dig deeper than the sand to find the rock below. This rock was unmovable, unshakeable. Building the house on the rock took more work and time.
Surely, it was tempting to build a foundation on the sand and take your chances, but building on the rock would hold forever.
As we read this story, it might sound like Jesus is saying, “Work harder. Do more.”
It’s not that at all. He’s talking to his disciples and followers, whom he loves.
He’s telling them that storms will come. We will face adversity. Life will hit us unexpectedly. So, like a good father, he’s saying, Set your foundation deep.
Come closer to me. Fix your heart on what is true over what is temporary. Hold tight to me when the storms come, but let your roots go deep into me long before the storms arrive.
I’ve been reading your comments
I know that some of you are in a storm and the thought of #livingalifeofthankyou feels impossible, and yet Jesus is reaching for you with the same loving instruction:
Dig deeper into your faith, for it will hold you fast.
Fix your heart on what is true over temporary.
Come closer to me. I’m reaching for you.
Anchor deep, sis.
The skies will clear. The winds will die down. And you’ll be standing. A little battered. A little windblown, but your faith and your feet firmly fixed on the Rock, no matter what the outer circumstances are.
A good day = God is good and he loves you.
A bad day = God is good and he loves you.
Father, for my sister who is struggling, we are digging deep into our faith today. We aren’t going to rely on feelings, on fickle advice from those who say “just give up.” We feel the wind. We feel the rain. We feel the storm sweeping all around us. Yet we are thankful for we are anchored in your love. Your strength becomes ours. Your hands hold us above the water and keep our feet right where they need to be. Whether today is a good day or a bad day, you are good and we praise you for that. In Jesus’ name.
Back to that bungee cord. When I decide to take the plunge, I’ll tell you. I’ll probably need your prayers as I stand on the edge and take a leap.
But as far as faith, our faith will be built on a solid foundation. Our hearts secure. Our minds at peace.
We’ll have a up and down days, but we won’t live up and down lives.
Day #11 of 21 Days to Living a Life of Thank You
On Day #11 we begin examining barriers that keep us from a living a life of thank you.
Q: Describe one way we might build our faith (or lives) on shallow soil.
Q: Share your favorite scripture that anchors you in a storm.
- Read today’s Encouragement for Today devotion where I shared how I was crying over an answered prayer. God was giving me something good, but because it brought challenges I couldn’t see the good in it.
- Read Jeremiah 17:8. Draw a tree in your journal or the margin of your Bible next to that verse. Put your name next to that tree. Draw the source of your strength.