Some Days Just Suck…Sometimes Its Longer
I posted a comment the other day that said, “some days just suck.”
Later I said to Mike, “I hope suck isn’t a bad word…” Probably something I should have thought about before posting it.
The fact is that some days just suck (or “stink” if you’re very conservative). Sometimes weeks suck or months or even years.
This week has gone from bad to much, much worse.
On Monday we found out about some changes happening in the lives of people around us – changes that will have a huge and lasting impact on our lives. I’ve felt just about every emotion you can feel – from anger to sadness to abandonment to sympathy – since hearing this news. I know that eventually everything will work out, everything will be ok (one way or another) – it’s getting to that point that I’m unsure of. What will we have to fight or endure before it’s all ok?
Literally, as I was writing this post – about how life sucks sometimes – I found out that friends of ours lost their 10 month old baby girl today. She had Williams Syndrome – which is how we were introduced to them. I don’t know the details but I know she had a heart cath done today and I’m assuming there were complications from the surgery. “Suck” doesn’t even begin to describe how bad this is.
Why? Why does life have to suck sometimes?
I know the Sunday School answer. I know that “His ways are higher than ours” and when you only see one set of footprints in the sand it’s because Jesus is carrying you. I know God is in control – this is His story. We are only small characters – trees in a story about a forrest.
And, while knowing that does offer some sense of peace and maybe even comfort, it doesn’t take away the pain or the anger or the fear.
I’m reading a book right now that has been talking about Joseph (Plan B by Pete Wilson). If you want to talk about days that suck, Joseph could teach us all a thing or two. He was beaten and sold into slavery by his own brothers, falsely accused of rape and then imprisoned for years for something he didn’t even do. In those times that Joseph was in the pit or in prison the bible says that the Lord was with him.
I’m sure Joseph felt angry or sad or abandoned but the Lord was with him. As much as his life sucked, God had a plan. God knew what he was doing even though it may not have always looked that way to Joseph.
But it still sucks. I’m still hurting. My friends whose lives are changing are still hurting. My friends who will have to bury their baby in a few days are still hurting.
Maybe God knows it sucks. Maybe He is hurting too. Maybe He is in the pit with us just like He was with Joseph.