Little Bit had a turnabout. You know, when they end the day in a poor mood, but wake up in a completely different state of mind. (Thank you Jesus!) Sometimes teenagers can turnabout so quickly it makes your head spin – leaving you wondering, “What just happened?”. Turnabouts come in varying shapes and sizes. From a good night’s sleep to the right words at the right moment.
I needed a turnabout a few weeks ago. I could just feel the joy being drained from my body – the heaviness entering in its place. Wondering how long this time I would muddle through with those boots of concrete securely placed on my feet. Would it be a few days – seemed like it had already been that – maybe a couple of weeks. And then God renewed my spirit – joy returned! He chased away the darkness once again. It wasn’t a change in my circumstances, or pills, or exercise or a good night’s sleep – it was simply and surely God. His mercy and grace. (Thank you Jesus!)
I sent Little Bit off to school wondering if this same outlook would be with her after school. It was. Bolstered by shared angst with her girlfriends – stories of similar situations and experiences – God graciously offered comfort and peace to a mind filled with anxiety just 12 hours before.
I’ve learned that even in the heaviness of life God is right there with me – when the road doesn’t turnabout as quickly as you’d like – He has something for me there too – something to learn – something to show His glory and bring Him praise if I am open enough to see it – if I am teachable – if I am grateful.
Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
A new day – a new outlook – new mercies from God.