Shall I praise God only in the good days? What good is that? Anyone can sing praises when life is going well, but only those walking in the Spirit can praise him in the storm.
The past several years have been filled with trials and tragedies in my life and in my family. I'm learning to trust God in the good and in the bad. Today has been one of those character building, faith-testing days. It began with a text at 6 AM telling me that my step-dad was on the way to the hospital. A few hours later I received a phone call from someone having a panic attack. This afternoon we learned Monday's round-off back handspring left Jorjanne with a broken foot.
I know it seems crazy, but in the midst of all these things, I've had a perfect peace. I'm reminded of when Jesus and his disciples were in a horrific storm, and the disciples were freaking out (my translation). All the while, Jesus was asleep in the boat because he knew that the Father had everything under control.
Well, I haven't exactly slept through today, but I've been reminded of the One who is in control. "He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul" (Psalm 23:2).
This song by Casting Crowns blesses my soul on days like today.