"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair...."
Every time I read the opening line of Judith Viorst's adorable children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, I am instantly reminded of that day long ago when as a little bitty Rosie, I went to bed with gum in my mouth and woke up with gum in my hair.
That's the day I received a new haircut. I remember it being...a very bad day. Of course, it wasn't my first horrible day and it certainly wasn't my last terrible day either. As Alexander's wise mother tells him, some days are like that.
I love this little book. I read it to both of my boys when they were little guys. It also made an appearance every year in my classroom when I was teaching in a school. Kids love this book. Admittedly, adults do too. And why wouldn't we? Everyone can relate to Alexander as he goes throughout a day when everything seems to go wrong.
It's funny, but don't we find comfort in knowing someone else has those days too? It gives us some validation for how we feel when we learn someone else feels the same way.
I know a few people who are going through some tough times right now. They are very special to me and each of them are going through different issues, and yet, I can relate on some level to how each one is feeling.
It's not because I have been through the exact same thing, but I have been in similar situations at different times in my life. I can understand. I can be sympathetic. I can offer encouragement. Most of all, I can pray.
Sometimes we go through tough days. God does not promise that everything will always be Rosie. What He does promise is that He is in control and will see us through the not-so-Rosie times. Sometimes He sends comfort through those who have been there and can relate. Sometimes He sends comfort through words...including His Holy Word.
As I sat down to fulfill my March Quest and read a little in Praying For Strangers, I stopped to pray for those who are struggling tonight. I prayed for those I care about that are facing a few Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days. I even prayed for some strangers that I heard about that are dealing with their own difficult times.
As I prayed, I felt peaceful confidence that God will see them through and eventually their days will turn to Wonderful, Terrific, So Good, Very Happy Days. Because as this momma says...some days are like that too.