The Great Day

February 12, 2012

I had barely slept the night before. My head was pounding, my nose running, and I knew that whatever it was that I had was probably only going to get worse before I could get to the doctor the next day. This day had too many obligations and not enough free time even for a quick doctor’s appointment (which we all know doesn’t exist on this planet).

I had resigned myself to muddling through and trying to do so without much complaining. Still, I wasn’t exactly happy about my predicament.

I was in the school cafeteria when I encountered an adorable first grader. She smiled up at me as she passed by, “Hi, Mrs. Paula! It’s a great day!” The way her eyes sparkled and the innocence in her voice reminded me that, yes, it was, even though I certainly didn’t feel like it.

Today is the day that the Lord has made (Psalm 118:24). We’ve heard the verse and we usually get to rejoicing and counting our blessings so I did: “Today, I am healthy enough to be out of bed. Today, I have a job that allows me to be with good people and precious children. Today, I have a healthy family.”

After I thought about it, today was a great day but it had nothing to do with me and how great my life may or may not be. Even if I lose my health, today is a great day. Even if I lose my family, today is a great day. Even if I lose everything, today is a great day because this day isn’t about me. It’s not about the trials I wake to or the failures I bow to. It’s not about my best day or my worst.

It’s about a God who gave. It’s about a Savior who rose. It’s about a people, chosen and holy. It’s about a church that flourished amid grief and violence. Yes, today is a great day. The sun rose and the sun set. God provided another chance for those who don’t yet know him. God gave his people an additional opportunity to tell others about his great love and enduring Salvation.

I’m thankful that God chose a sweet six year old to remind me of the big picture. Now, go enjoy this great day and don’t forget to tell someone else about it.

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  •    sharplittlearrows  |  February 12th, 2012 at 6:22 pm     Reply

    I am reading a great book right now titled, “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voscamp. She has some great insights into this idea. It is wonderful way to think about life.

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