You ever have one of those days when nothing seems to go right? Well, take heart. If you look around you can probably find someone who is having a worse day than you. For instance, a man in England was in the hospital for a hip replacement. He got trapped on the toilet. He pulled the red chord but got no response. He did the next best thing and began singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from the  Messiah. Help came immediately. The patient was quoted as saying, “I hope the staff wasn’t offended by my singing but it was the only way I could Handel the pressure.”

A pregnant woman was on a commercial flight from Bangkok to Helsinki. She went into labor somewhere over Eastern Europe and gave birth to a girl. Fortunately, two doctors and two nurses happened to be on the same flight and they attended to her. When the flight attendant brought the beverage cart  around she requested a soft drink, some peanuts, and an epidural.

Another story from our mother country across the pond. A woman came home one night and thought her house had been broken into because of a badly damaged roof. Wrong assumption. A neighbor had taken a picture of the culprit. A cow had jumped onto her roof, a leap of about six feet. This is not to be confused with the cow who, in London in 1765, allegedly jumped over the moon.

A truck driver in Mayfield, Kentucky had a bad day. He was driving a load of 6,000 chickens when it overturned on the highway. He and most of the chickens survived. Thanks to the driver at least we know why these chickens crossed the road. They were breeding chickens.  He was quoted as saying, “It wasn’t my fault! We were on our way to the breeding farm and they wanted me to drive faster and faster and just kept egging me on!”

In 1971 the Carpenters had a hit song called “Rainy Days and Mondays,” written by a man named Paul Williams. One of the lines read “rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” Not a very uplifting song but it was very popular.   Jesus wrote a few words about what to do when you face those kinds of days. His words were very uplifting but not very popular.

Matthew 16:33 says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (NLT) Matthew 19:26  says, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (NIV) And John 14:1 says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” (NLT)

Maybe you didn’t come home last night to a cow on your roof. Maybe it was just a fiddler. That would be disturbing  enough. Maybe you’ve had a bad day. We all have.  Maybe there are things bothering you that you don’t want to discuss with anyone but when it comes to God’s love and care for us there is no “maybe” involved. It is a promise. Next time you have a bad day? Read your Bible. Precious promises. Wonderful  words.  Masterful music. Compassionate Composer. In other words, listen to the Music of the Carpenter.

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