Monday’s Musing–A Wonderful Day?
Every evening Jen and I pray with Laura, Abbie, and Caroline. It’s part of their nighttime bedtime ritual. Caroline, our youngest, is usually chomping at the bit to be first. When she was just two, we could barely make out what she was saying, but she rambled on and on about Mommy and Daddy, Laura and Abbie, Pop Pop and Grammy, and everyone (and I mean everyone) in her life.
Abbie always thanked God for the “good time” she had that day. Wouldn’t it be nice to view everyday as a “good time”? (I think there’s a lesson in there somewhere.)
But the real conviction came when Laura prayed. Every prayer that exited her six-year-old lips began the same way—“God, this was just a wonderful day!”
One week, at the end of a damp, dreary, drizzly day in which I had had some particularly challenging and significant struggles, I kneeled next to Laura as she spoke those words with youthful, sincere enthusiasm. My ears (and heart) had to do a double take. Was it a wonderful day? Did I honestly feel, at the end of a day like that, that I could rest in the arms of my Father and say, “This was just a wonderful day”? I was convicted, bigtime. Why? Because no matter what the weather brings, or how hectic and frantic our day may be, or what life hurls at us, we are still children of the King, we are still members of His holy family, we are still in the hands of our Savior, and we are still redeemed, destined to victory—every day is truly a wonderful day!
We often think of Psalm 118:24—“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it”—as something to be said as we rise out of bed each morning, peel the sleep out of our eyes, stretch our stiff muscles, and begin a new day. We say with a hint of hopeful anticipation, “I hope I can rejoice in it . . .”
But what about being able to say it at the end of the day—every day—regardless of what took place, regardless of hardships encountered and struggles endured, regardless of the messes that went unstraightened and the umpteen times we sat down for a moment’s rest only to be jolted by yet another “Mommy?” or “Daddy?” We would do well to set our minds and hearts to saying at the end of every day, “This was the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!”