This being Ash Wednesday, a lot of people are giving up something for Lent, starting today. As they journey through the next forty days to Easter, some days will be easier than others. My yoga instructor said the same thing: you’ll have good days and bad days. That’s just the way it is. Don’t worry about it.
Why is it that we expect our spiritual lives to be any different? It’s so tempting to think that once we’ve reached a certain level of spiritual maturity, there won’t be any more bad days. We’ll glide through life with grace, bestowing love and blessings on everyone we meet. Always smiling, never stumbling.
I’m not saying one shouldn’t expect a certain amount of progress, but I’ve been alive multiple decades, I’ve been walking with God the majority of that time, and I know many people who have done both much longer than I. Every one, now and then, has a bad day.
We’re human. It comes with the territory.
What do we do about it? Give up and go home? That’s not even a recommended response in yoga class, never mind in life. How about this: keep going. Ask for forgiveness if necessary, ask for help if needed, and keep going. Don’t give up. God isn’t through with you yet. If he were, you wouldn’t be reading this; you’d be dead.
Speaking of bad days, David (Old Testament David) had some doozies. You can read what he had to say about them in the Psalms. David didn’t mince words much, so you’ll get a good feel for exactly how his day was going. But no matter how bad it got–and it got pretty bad–God did not give up on David. He won’t give up on you, either.