My daughter watches this Sesame street movie on repeat and in the opening song “the Grouch” is singing the Grouches anthem. This song is hilarious. It’s about how all good and happy things bothers him. He sings, “Don’t let the sunshine spoil your rain.” When i’m in a funk, and everything is going opposite of what I hoped, I sometimes sing this to myself. I shouldn’t, but it’s how I feel at that moment.
I don’t want to be around happy people. Why sit around the happy couple, when you just got dumped? Why be happy for your friend getting the really high paying job and you can barely make rent? Just let me sit by myself and complain. How can I be happy for you when I’m not even happy for myself?
Life’s situations can make you bitter and feel low. Hope can seem so far away and God can seem just as far away as the stars. I remember complaining to a friend along time ago. I was in a very dark place in my life. She just sat and listened while I complained about everything. Then, when I took a breath, she said, “At least you have God…” I said to myself, “I have been tricked!” I got so distracted about life’s disappointments and struggles that I couldn’t even see the many blessings he has given.
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” See, the enemy gets you low. He gets you distracted, discouraged, angry, bitter, and steals your joy. Be breaks you down and then jumps in for the kill. I just hadn’t noticed. The devil doesn’t come in a red suit and pitch fork. He’s smarter than that. He comes in many forms. He plays in your mind and starts to build strongholds. Be uses your past experiences, present problems and puts you fear in for the future. No hope, no joy, nobody, no love. Depressing right?
I once watched this cat try to catch this bird. This bird was just splashing in the puddle. Having this wonderful time. This big cat is scooping him out. The cat moved slowly, carefully, never taking his eyes off this little bird. This bird never noticed. He’s just splashing around. And then the cat pounced on him! Well, the bird got away, but in life we aren’t always so lucky. While we are out living the way we see best, the devil is circling us. Creepy right? Crouching ready to pounce when we are at out weakest. He’s watching our every move, planning his attack. He’s uses strategy. But Our God is Greater!!
Ephiains 6:11-13 says, “Put on God’s armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil. We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens. Therefore, pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand.” Keep reading in your bible and it tells you what is the armor. We need the full armor and faith to make it everyday.
We all have really bad moments. And there are those times when God is stretching out faith, stretching our patience, teaching us and pruning us. And I do feel the stretching, it hurts! Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Sometimes I read this verse and look at my situation and say, “This cant be right. I don’t understand how this could possibly work for good…” You might have said that too once or twice. His plan is not meant for us to understand but he gave us all the tools we need to make it through whatever the circumstance may be. We have His word, prayer, the Holy spirit and wise counsel. Those are people we know will talk us off the bridge and back into prayer!
Even though that little Grouch song is catchy, I can’t sing that song to myself anymore. I shouldn’t even let my daughter sing it! Because that can so easily become our reality, feeling hopeless and depressed, and running from the sunshine. We need God more than ever in these times. I know I do. So when the devil tries to remind me of life’s trouble, I remind myself how faithful God is to me everyday and all the blessings he has given me already. I am victorious, I am a over comer, and WITH GOD I WIN!
Be Blessed Gods people!