By: Jesse Deloe


I’m sure you’ve had a day like this usually contented man.


He overslept, which made him late for work (although he did enjoy the extra sleep).


A doctor’s appointment for a minor problem turned into an hour of waiting and then orders to go to a laboratory for tests.


Between the doctor’s and the lab, he stopped at home to find his wife trying in vain to get help from the “plumber’s friend.” Both kitchen sinks were stopped up completely, and she was in the midst of preparations for a holiday open house.


While he was working on the plumbing, the drapery shop called to report that the new bedroom drapes were not ready. In fact, the proprietor was out of town even though she had promised to have something ready until the order arrived.


On the way back to the office, our struggling “victim” stopped at the drugstore to pick up a prescription. “I’m sorry,” the pharmacist said, “that item is out of stock.”


The next stop was at the optical shop for an adjustment to his eyeglasses, which were slipping down his nose and pinching an ear. He arrived only to discover that the shop was closed over the lunch hour.


By that time, the worst was over. He went to work and contemplated his day. It was late in December, and he thought the current year might just have been “one of those years,” and surely the New Year would be better.


When you have such days, take heart in God’s promise to those who trusted Him but had not yet experienced the promise. “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:39-40)