I suspect everyone has days when they just don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning. Maybe chronic aches and pains make your effort to rise more difficult. Discouragement, depression, or just feeling unmotivated can make facing a new day challenging. The question “what’s the use?” starts to haunt you. Let me just commend you by saying, if you got out of bed and just showed up for your daily activities, “Congratulations! You did it!” You pushed through and did it! Great things only happen if you show up in person to claim your prize.
There is a great story told by “and now for the rest of the story” Paul Harvey about a college football team with a losing streak that remained constant for years. As usual, only a few fans showed up for the game, but a local radio station was getting paid to be there, so with a halfhearted effort they broadcast the details of the game. Surprisingly, the team scored a touchdown. Interest grew among the listening audience. The team got inspired and scored again. Excited radio listeners piled in to their cars and drove across town to the stadium to see their long-forgotten team come alive. Within minutes the stadium was packed. The team showed up. The radio announcer showed up. And finally the fans showed up.
The Apostle Paul asked, “What shall I do, Lord?” The Lord answered him, “Get up and go to Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.” Paul was referring to his conversion experience on the road to Damascus when he fell to the ground after seeing a bright light. Essentially the Lord told Paul to, “Get up and show up” (see Acts 22:10 NIV). The Apostle Peter was locked up in prison. While his fellow believers were praying for him the Bible tells us, “Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. ‘Quick, get up!’ he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, ‘Put on your clothes and sandals.’ And Peter did so. ‘Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,’ the angel told him.” (Acts 12:7&8 NIV). Once again, the angel’s message to Peter was, “Get up and show up.” Jesus told the paralyzed man in Matthew 9:6, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Notice that the paralyzed man “showed up” for his miracle. He then “got up” for his healing. Jesus told the little girl who was dead, “Little girl, get up!” And she did! (See Mark 5:41). That wasn’t the only funeral Jesus stopped. He even interrupted a funeral procession, touched the coffin and said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” I suppose the young man thanked everyone for showing up at his funeral, but announced that it would be delayed until further notice (see Luke 7:14 NIV).
Look at what 2 Chronicles 20: 15,16a,17 says in the NIV. “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’ ” God told Jehoshaphat to “get up and show up.” God reassured him that the battle was not his, but the Lord’s.
Great jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! You don’t know what blessings, what victories, what miracles, and what battles won are awaiting your arrival until you get up and show up. Often times that’s the hardest part; just finding the motivation to get out of bed and head off to work, school, support group meeting, doctor appointment, or whatever you have to face that day. God promised to go before us. He promised to work everything out for our good (Romans 8:28). From personal experience, some of my best days ever were when I forced myself to just get up and show up. Wonderful surprises may be in store for you. Just keep getting up! Keep showing up! The best is yet to come! “”For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”’ (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).