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Some days . . . they don’t go as planned

By April 6, 2016December 15th, 20203 Comments

Today started out as a normal day. Actually quite lovely as the morning dawned with clear skies and a few wispy clouds. The awakening sun flooded the sky with a myriad of soft colors that morphed into majestic beauty.

All I wanted was a cup of tea. I put the tea bag in the mug, set the mug on the counter, and grabbed the tea kettle of boiling water.



I hastily dropped the kettle on the stove as hot water splashed over me.

And then I looked down.

Blood everywhere. It seems when the erupting piece of mug left the counter top, it slammed into the top of my foot and left a gash.

A trip to Urgent Care and three stitches in the top of my foot later, I learned this portion of your foot bleeds more profusely than anywhere else. Who knew?

Because our Heavenly Father has a great sense of humor, I have to tell you what I read a mere 30 minutes earlier.

“. . .  How we handle our tough times stays with us forever.

How do you handle yours? When hope takes the last train and joy is nothing but the name of the girl down the street . . . when you are tired of trying, tired of forgiving, tired of hard weeks or hardheaded people . . . how do you manage your dark days?

. . . Is there a solution? Indeed there is: . . . be quick to pray. Stop talking to yourself. Talk to Christ who invites: ‘Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest’ (Matthew 11:28 The Message).

God, who is never downcast, never tires of your down days.

Ha! Talk about perfect timing!

And so, while I waited for my husband to come to my aid, these words flooded my mind and heart.

“Come to me.”

I sit here with my plans for the day rearranged. “Rest and keep the foot elevated,” the doctor said. Definitely not my plan for this day.

But, I’m reminded to run to Jesus even with this silly episode. And the extra-ordinary piece in this is peace. God’s got this. I don’t have to sweat my plans or my “to-do” list.

I’m reminded to praise Him even in the inconvenient.

Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!
Psalm 43:5

What challenge or inconvenience are you facing today? Jesus says, “Come to me.” How will you grab onto this peace that Jesus offers? I’d love to hear how you do this today. Leave a comment below.

Capture the extra-ordinary in the ordinary today,


  • Kirsten D Samuel

    I empower Christian wives to discover they are seen, loved, and heard. These women find the freedom to be who they are beyond their partner’s struggles, and find hope that there is a life worth living.