This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
I live in South Florida where just about every afternoon from May through October, clouds roll in, the sky darkens, and then pours down rain to the point where you start thinking “maybe we should start building an ark.” Most often the storm lasts only a few minutes to a half an hour then it’s over, leaving the air hot and humid. Lately, though, the afternoon rain has lasted longer than normal. It’s starting to annoy me.
On the days when just about everything annoys me (including the rain, the guy who cut me off in traffic, the lady at the grocery store standing in the 10 items or less line with 30-40 items spilling out of her cart, the teenager yelling into her phone how she can’t stand so-and-so, the harsh political rhetoric, etc.), I need God’s gentle reminder that he has made this day and I am to rejoice and be glad in it. When his message gets through, I am able to find things to rejoice in:
- I woke up this morning - great news (better than the alternative….)
- My husband made me a cup of coffee as he has done virtually every day since we got married – a small daily gesture that reflects his love for me (especially since he doesn’t like coffee and never drinks it!)
- I took a hot shower – the water heater is working, I have running water, soap and shampoo!
- I got in my car to drive over to the church to wait for the local food pantry to pick up our donations – I have a car that works, I am able to drive, the people in my church community are so awesomely generous!
- I had exactly the number of travel-size bottles of shampoo needed to complete the number of hygiene kits I set out to make for our blessing bag project – I think God added a few because when I initially looked at the inventory, I thought there was no way that there was enough! God made me smile over a few small bottles of shampoo!
- I finished my errands, came home and found the cats (who normally don’t along too well) sleeping at either end of the couch.
By the way, as I finish this post, lightening, thunder, and a torrential down-pour are just outside… but inside, my heart is bursting with love and gratitude for this day that the Lord has made!
Rejoicing in the mundane and monumental,