On Monday of this week, I had some challenges with things at home that limited what I was able to accomplish through the rest of the day, but was still able to get one major task done. I missed dinner, but grabbed a granola bar to eat as I drove to a Missions team meeting. Driving home from the meeting, I commented that it was a day like no other I had lived before. I recall saying the same thing on Tuesday after an all day work meeting, which was not really like any other we had in years. IEach day, I also had several unique phone calls with others that I have not talked to in some time. ’m pretty sure with all the highs and lows that each day offers, I can find several things that are unique about each day without trying too hard. Do you see most days as pretty much the same things with a little variation, or do the unique experiences and opportunities stand out more to you?
This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
When we look back on our lives, there are probably some days that stand out more than others. I can remember several details about the day my daughter was born, several experiences when on vacations, and even what I was doing 35 years ago on 8-8-88. Whether tied to high emotions, or just unique experiences, some of those memories are etched in our minds. In fact, when all these things are put together, they somehow help make us into the creature that God made us to be. Even we could not orchestrate all those things to play out in that way, as my plans seldom play out how I would expect on any given day. It is a small reminder of who is actually in charge of our lives.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. Psalm 139:1-4
So, each day, with all the things that go how we want, and some that don’t, we can still celebrate the chance to live and grow and engage with others that each day holds. We can celebrate the small victories, and hold on to the hopes and dreams that have not come about, but may still happen. We can mourn with others when we experience loss, and even give a hug to those we love in the ordinary times each day has as well. Share your heart and thoughts with God and others as we celebrate the life that He gave to us!
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16
Yours in Christ,