19 Days of 31: Rough is Relative
Someone posted on my page that they had a rough week. I scrolled past it thinking, you have no idea.
Dropping the girls off to school, one of them talked about all of their homecoming week activities and that it was a rough week.
Leah & I sat up until after 3:00 am talking and praying over a situation I’m working on. Typing this with about 3 hours of sleep, I think it’s been a rough week.
But, truth be told, rough is relative. I love the saying about waking up on the right side of the grass. That about sums it up.
I’ve gone through bad and I’ve gone through worse. What I don’t do, is compare the seasons of life. Sure, I remember them, but I don’t compare them.
Being aware of the seasons in our life are important. I especially become aware during the mountaintop moments. Not because they’re incredible and I’m on an emotional high. But, because I know what’s to come.
Can you imagine Moses up there hanging out with God and knowing all of the darkness going on back at base camp? Yep, he had to head back down to deal with it.
Although, he wasn’t going into it as much as he was processing through it. And that’s where rough being relative becomes clear.
We weren’t created to stay up on the mountain top. There’s work to be done in the valley. Whether it’s replying to a friend who says their week was rough, or encouraging the girls to enjoy the roughness of homecoming activities, or reassuring a praying wife that her struggling husband is going to be okay, our seasons bring us through them and into the other side.
This is why God gave us the 23 Psalm. Some get caught up by the valley of death while others understand that it’s merely the shadow, and not death’s valley. And, most importantly, that God is there to comfort.
So no matter how rough is actually rough, it sure beats waking up on the wrong side of the grass.
Psalm 23 (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
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