God and Good Days
One after another, I heard them say the same sentence. I had heard it many times before from them as we drove to school and enjoyed our family prayer together to begin the day. I’m not sure who started it in the beginning, but each child dutifully followed the other this day,
“Lord, make it be a good day today.”
I love to hear my kids pray. They have tenderness and faith for the things they pray for, and it’s beautiful. I decided though that I would talk to them about this idea of God and good days though.
“You know God gives us every day and we get to choose what we do with it. You heard when Mommy prayed she said, ‘this is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).’ We get to make that choice with our day.”
I explained a little more and threw in an analogy or two, but truth is, I don’t know how much sunk in (do we ever?). Even so, I still wanted to take the opportunity to help them understand this principle: each day is gift from God. He made it and gives it to each one of us. We either choose to face it with joy, faith, and expectation or face it with fear, anxiety, or grumbling.
I have been just as guilty as they are though. I may not have prayed the same words, but I expect God to make me happy, to make everything work out the way I think it should, that nothing bad (in my perception) would ever happen. I get frustrated at people and situations that are less than exemplary. I forget or get too busy to show His love. I complain about things. I get angry at times and wonder where God is.
His gift is still there, and the Giver waits to see what you and I will do with it. The responsibility now rests with us. You can use your day to destroy or build up, bless or curse, selfishly gain or selflessly give, reconcile or foster bitterness.
Maybe even more egregious, you can simply put it on the shelf with all the others and wait for a “good” one to come along.
Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. –Hebrews 3:12-13
Moses asked God, “teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Why would he ask such a thing? Because we all know if we aren’t paying attention, days slip into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years.
The momentum is in His hands, but He loves us faithfully and gives us the choice. You don’t know how many days you’ll be given, but I’m praying for you that you’ll make it a good one.
What are your thoughts on this?