How’s your day so far? Pretty amazing, huh? It’s probably your birthday, a friend’s birthday, you woke up to good news or you are expecting good news. Whatever the reason, we can conclude that your day is awesome. Okay, this post isn’t for you. This post is for that person that is having a not-so-amazing day, week, month and in the extremes, a not-so-great half of the year.
I know what it’s like to watch everyone else’s life seemingly move by so fast, headed in the right direction whilst your own stays stagnant. You stare at your dreary life and will yourself to move forward; coming up with all sorts of ideas that might give you some acceleration, but for all your effort, there isn’t even an inch of progress you make. You watch people squeal in excitement about the future and your only thought is “God! When is this day going to end?”
“Be positive!” They say.
“Look on the bright side of things.” They add.
“Your time will come.” They say.
But they have no idea how positive you have been; how many times you have stood in the mirror telling yourself, “Today will be an awesome day.” And even in all your positivity, you’re yet to know what an awesome day looks like. They have no idea how strongly you have clung to the few shreds of hope left within you and how each passing day is slackening your grip on that thing called hope. They have no idea how long you have waited for your time to come by: how many times you have expectantly looked at your phone, willing it to call, with news that your time has finally arrived or the gazillion times you have combed through your email hoping that perhaps your time did arrive and you skipped it over. They have no idea. They have no idea how many times you have cried yourself to sleep, how many pep talks you’ve given yourself or just how much strength it takes for you to go through a day. They have no idea. But I do. Because I have been in the same state of mind you are in. And no, we are not going to sit and throw pity parties for each other, we’re not going to give each other shoulders to cry on, because we’ve done enough crying already. We are not going to sink into the abyss of despair while we sit and feel sorry for ourselves. Here’s what we’ll do instead. We are going to weave together the few shreds of hope left, and out of them form a chord strong enough to hold us. We are going to muster all the strength left in us, and if it’s all we can do, we’ll drag ourselves forward. We are going to call on the name of the one that knows us all, the one that knows our struggles as much as we do, the one that sees the brokenness of our hearts and the feebleness of our bones. The one that’s helped us even to this moment right here. The Faithful One. Jesus Christ. If it takes our last breath, we’ll call on that name, day and night. And here’s why:
Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
It is the name above all names. The name above all despair, hopelessness, depression, weakness, struggle and whatever thing that can be named. He is above it all. And I know that if we hold onto Him, we’ll definitely rise above the things that hold us down. Take a moment and call on the name of Jesus today.