Dear all, my friend Evelyn Brooks and I did a blog post swap! Here is her encouraging article on rejoicing in today. You can find more of her writing here.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” — Psalm 118:24
Sometimes, God’s Spirit brings understanding in the most unexpected ways. Like through an egg carton.
It was a bright morning, and I was making breakfast. As I moved to put away the egg carton, I saw Psalm 118:24 printed on the inside of the top.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 ESV)
All of a sudden, it was like a burst of clarity struck me in the face. The day mentioned in the verse wasn’t just some hypothetical 24-hour period to think of on Thanksgiving. This was the day the Lord had made. This one, right here.
It seemed like I’d been going through a season of hardship where I knew each day would be tainted by some new struggle. Having a fresh perspective by putting this verse into the context of the present transformed the way I saw my day, and hopefully it does the same for you.
In essence, Psalm 118:24 tells us that God has made this day, no matter what comes, and it is something to rejoice in.
No matter what anxiety you have.
No matter if you feel like a frazzled mess.
No matter if you forget to pray.
No matter what mistakes you make and setbacks you experience.
Our God is the Intentional Creator, which means that if He made this day, then nothing about it is an accident. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (NLT). He has a vision for all our “bad days” and will turn them into something more stunning than we could ever imagine. The Lord knew the challenges you’d face and made today something worth rejoicing in anyway.
To be honest, I feel a little fake right now since so much of what I’m talking about are lessons I’m still trying to learn and trust. However, I want to remind both myself and you that this is a process, and you shouldn’t get discouraged when your faith-walk isn’t as picture-perfect as you’d like it to be. Thank God for His abundance of grace.
In the middle of our messy, stressful, or painful days, God is in control and faithful to walk with us even when we can’t feel His presence. I don’t know about you, but these facts begin changing how I define a good day versus a bad one. Rather than minimizing the struggle, trying to gain God’s vantage point on our days gives a comforting perspective. It’s incredible how many moments begin jumping out at you when you pay attention to the little, simple ways God floods your life with goodness.
So, no matter what today holds, rejoice because God weaves beauty into even our most mundane, imperfect days, and He is always present in them.