It’s Wednesday, also known as Hump Day. Do you need to get over the hump? Here’s a quick prayer to help you finish this week strong!
Today was not a good day. You slept through your alarm and didn’t have enough time for your morning prayer and scripture reading. You rushed through washing your face and brushing your teeth but spent the next twenty minutes in front of your closet trying to decide what to wear, because despite it being Fall, it’s still 80 degrees and humid outside. On top of that, there’s a steady mist, which is only going to give you a bad hair day, after all the time you spent doing your hair the night before (the reason you went to bed late and didn’t hear your alarm).
You curse yourself for not having enough clothes; you wear the same five outfits every week. You can’t find your favorite flats, which you’ve worn right down to the ground. All your other shoes are so old their talking back to you, and the two good pairs you do have are too big; they constantly slip off your heels, making them next to impossible to walk in. Half of the pants you own hang off you like on coat hangers because you recently lost weight. Not a bad thing, but you haven’t spent money on a new wardrobe in years. Budget is tight. There’s always another bill to pay, another family member to bail out of a bind.
When you finally put on something that looks halfway decent and style your hair to the best of your ability, you enter the kitchen to prepare your lunch only to discover you didn’t wash the dishes. The entire front of your house reeks of last night’s dinner: fish. You still have two more days before garbage collection, but your trash is already overflowing. You try to make a sandwich, but your cheese is molded. The milk in your soup has separated. You want to make a smoothie, but that would mean one more dish you have to clean, and you’re already late for work. You decided you’ll just buy lunch from the cafeteria, hoping they’re serving something good and not too expensive.
You go back to your closet for one last desperate search for those flats, give up and put on wedges that have seen better days. Outside, the humid air slaps you right in the face. You can already feel your hair lifting. You get in your car and all the windows are foggy, but you don’t have time to clear them, so you just put the car in gear and go.
On the highway, you’re caught behind the slowest moving truck EVER! When you turn into the complex, the parking lot is full, you have to park in the very back, which means you’ll have to walk, the last thing you want to do, given that your shoes are one sticky sidewalk away from talking too. As you search for a parking space, the SUV coming from the opposite end drives in the center of the lane as if it’s the only car in the lot, forcing you to nearly hit the parked cars to your right just to get out of its way. You try your hardest not to curse the woman driving it, but the frustration has been building. You let the word slip out.
When you’re finally parked, you sit in your car, turn on the radio, try to pull yourself together before going into the office, but then a song about suicide comes on, so you shut everything off, stomp down the concrete, grumble your “good mornings” to passersby. You finally get to your desk, and the weight of the next eight hours sinks on top of you; you burst into tears, echos of the song still playing in your mind; “I just wanna die today. I just wanna die.”
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
We’ve all had bad days like this. Maybe not as specific, but we can definitely empathize with someone who wishes they could crawl back into bed and start the day over. How do you react when everything that could go wrong does go wrong? Do you get emotional and cry? Do you fold into yourself and isolate yourself from others? More importantly, do you stop going to God and instead try to handle things on your own?
I think we’ve all been guilty, at some point, of turning away from God when we needed Him the most, even if we were just having a bad day. But Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth,” and in the following verse, “he hears their cry and saves them” (v. 19b). Stress comes with life, whether it’s stress over the news today, stress over all the things you have to get done, or stress over the feeling that you have nothing to show for your time here on earth. Jesus promises that if you come to Him, rely on Him, lay everything down on Him, He will relieve you of that stress, He will save you from the burdens that weigh you down.
Most of us are familiar with Isaiah 40:31, which says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (KJV). Another word for “wait” is “hope in” or “trust.” Put you’re hope and trust in God, that He would turn your bad day into a good one, that He would give you the strength to finish this day with a smile on your face, despite the way it started. Don’t let the troubles of life come up and choke His comforting word out of you (Matthew 13:22). As 1 Peter 5:7 says, He cares for you, so don’t turn away from Him, give Him a chance to comfort you when the walls seem to be closing in. You may feel alone now, but Jesus promises, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Hump Day Prayer: Heavenly Father, we need you. We can’t make it a day in this life without you always near. You said in your word that if we call on you, you will answer. So we seek refuge in you, for you are our rock and fortress, the source of our salvation, in whom we trust. Forgive us for believing we can handle the trials of life on our own, for you said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” We cast all our anxieties on you, knowing that you care for us, and that by your power, we are made strong, even on days when we feel weakest. So we give you all the glory, honor, and praise for being an ever-present help in times of trouble. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.