Monday, 18 June 2012

Agitated for No Reason

Years ago one might hear the expression, “I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning”.  On the one hand I knew what that meant; on the other hand it never made much sense to me.  It meant I am feeling grumpy, disgruntled, unhappy, ticked BUT I’m not sure why.  Why it ever made a difference what side of the bed you arose from remained a mystery, unless of course you slept next to the wall, and then it could matter.

So much for my walk down memory lane.  There are times when I am having a case of the grumpies for no apparent reason; I’m just feeling out of sorts and in a bad mood.  These times can put a stress on marriage.  If my wife suggests I’m in a bad mood that only makes  it worse, because I know she is right and I can’t explain to her why I’m doing my best impression of  Eeyore, the Winnie-the-Pooh figure who is characterized as  pessimistic, gloomy, and depressed.  And because my wife is a particularly caring and sensitive person she jumps to the conclusion that somehow she is to blame.  Now if she presses me for an answer I tend to get more ticked because I have no answer.  If she ignores the fact that my demeanor resembles that of a crotchety old man I’m upset because she doesn’t notice that I’m unhappy.  This is what you call your basic no win situation. 

What  I have come to realize is that if I turn to God’s Word or go to God in prayer when  I am besieged by the grumpies my mood changes quickly.  There is something about talking to the Creator of the universe that brings things into focus.  It is preposterous to think that the One who holds the next breath of 7 billion people in His hands even cares about what side of the bed I got up on, but He does.

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