So you think you’ve had a hard day? I’ve got some good news.

by Kevin on May 6, 2011

Have you ever had one of those days that seemed like every time somebody walked by they took it as an opportunity to either puke their own self-hatred on you or they just decided that it would make them feel better to knee you in the groin? Take a ride with me and see what might lie on the other side of that day.

Fletch started his day out by getting kicked right on his hip bone. He was feedin’ the horses on the ranch and one of ’em had gotten a little excited that another horse might get a smidgen more than he would. The biting and kicking that had started had caught Fletch right in the crossfire.

If that wasn’t bad enough, when he had finally hobbled down to the feed room and sat down on the threshold to rest his hurting hip, a scorpion got him right on the little finger.

Fletch was a sight to behold, he had his right pinky finger stuck in his mouth. His mouth was a cussin’ at a hundred miles per hour and he was holdin’ his right hip with his left hand. You couldn’t understand a word he was saying with his finger shoved so far in his mouth and him a suckin’ on it like he was. The bad part was that he lost sight of the scorpion.

After feelin’ sorry for his self for nearly an hour, he decided that he’d milked that goose about as long as he could. He saddled up the gentlest horse he had to check some waterings. He was halfway to the first one when a covey of quail flew up and spooked his horse. He tried to stay on as the horse ducked away from the avian explosion, but the pain in his hip from getting kicked disallowed him this privilege.

Fletch hit the ground hard and the air left him fast as folks leave a church after the preacher says amen at the end of  Sunday morning service. He slowly got up and dug the cactus thorns from his hands as he made the six mile walk back to headquarters.

When he got back that evening, a circuit ridin’ preacher was at the bunkhouse. Fletch walked in and mumbled some not very nice things about his day.

The preacher said, “Hey cowboy, how was your day?”

Fletch looked out of the corner of his eye and said, “Well, I’ve been kicked, stung, bucked off by a gentle horse, landed in a cactus, and walked durn near half the distance to kingdom come to get here and sit on this bunk.”

“Oh, I’m so glad to hear that!” the preacher said excitedly.

“Well I’m glad someone is,” Fletch said. “Aren’t you supposed to say something nice instead of being happy about the day I had?”

“Oh, this is a wonderful day for you. You are very close to God right now my beat up friend.”

“Oh yeah? How do you figure that?”

“Let me tell you the story of Elijah from 2 Kings Chapter 19.”

And the preacher began to read…

1 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”

3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

7 The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” 8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 There he went into a cave and spent the night.

The LORD Appears to Elijah

And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

11 The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

“Let’s walk out onto the porch cowboy,” the preacher said.

“Do you feel that nice cool breeze on your face?”

“Yeah, it’s purty nice,” Fletch said.

“God is in that breeze here with you just like he was with Elijah. Sometimes, in order to experience God, we must go through some really hard times. It happened to Elijah and it’s gonna happen to us. But God will give us strength to endure the trials and ride another day. He did it for Elijah and he’ll do it for you too.”

“I believe that preacher,” Fletch said. After a moment he looked back at the preacher and smiled as he asked,  “Do you think there’s a terrible trial good coffee and fresh sourdough biscuits?”

“I hope so cowboy…I hope so.”

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  • Don Coyote

    coffee’s on, just started the bixits

  • Before going into trials and in the midst of them I always say things like “I’d rather learn without the pain” or “God thinks higher of my endurance than I do.” But at the end I can always look back and see something coming out of it and I usually realize that even if Jesus had shown up on his white horse, looked me in the eye and said “you really don’t want to make that choice,” I probably would have done it anyways. But He’s always gracious enough to hold my hand through the whole thing then sit down and say “so what did you learn” at the end of it. So grateful for it.

    And grateful for coffee and biscuits too.

  • Great post. When I have bad days. I just look to the cross. The things Jesus had to endure to set us free. Its way more worse than what I’ve been thru.

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