Groundhog Day!

Psalm 119: 5-7

5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!6 Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands.7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.

      Did you ever see the movie “Groundhog Day”?  It stars Bill Murray, and it is hilarious!  It’s about a man who somehow keeps on reliving Groundhog Day, over and over.  And with each new day, he learns how to avoid certain mistakes he made at first…learns to avoid certain pitfalls and takes advantage of the things he discovered were working for his favor.  It gets old for him pretty quickly, but there is something to be learned from the premise of this movie.

      Lately, I’ve been feeling pretty frustrated that every day, I face the same enemies, the same exact struggles, that it seems like I’ve been living my very own “Groundhog Day”, and I honestly don’t like it very much!

Do you frequently ask one of the following questions:

Why does this keep on happening to me?

Why am I still fighting this same old battle?

Will this ever get any better?

When will I stop making the same mistakes?

      Some people think that God is testing us, for a multitude of reasons.  And that is probably true, because nothing happens to us without His permission.  But I think it goes a little deeper than that.  One thing I know for sure is that He loves us.  So, could it be He allows these same struggles to come again and again…and again, because He loves us so much that He just wants to see us be victorious against a particular enemy?  So He doesn’t so much give us test after test…but rather, opportunity after opportunity! 

       The bible says His mercies are new every day.  And I kind of think it’s worded that way to remind us that each day, no matter how badly we screw up, He will mercifully give us a new day to try again.

      I love Him so much.  Sometimes I think I show grace to certain people, but I really have no idea what grace is in comparison to Him.  This way of thinking about our days is helping me to have a better attitude about the constant struggles I face.  And maybe someday, I’ll master one of these lessons….but until I do, or until He comes for me, He will continue to love me enough to give me the opportunity.

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