“Today is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” There is so much promise in these words. There is excitement. There is the secret of Joyful Living.
A few nights ago I was sitting with my younger sister at P.F. Chang’s. We were doing what we do best- intermittently quoting the latest sitcom we were watching between having a conversation about the meaning of our lives.
We discussed the abundance of changes I’ve encountered in the last five years. I quit a good job to move overseas and play basketball. I went from single to married. I went from new wife quickly to new mom and with that, from working to staying at home.
There has been an ongoing shift in the things I am prone to find my identity in. There’s been a shift in my priorities and responsibilities. Some of them have been fun and exciting and some have been really hard. There are so many times in my life that I have examined it and found it wanting. I’m constantly wondering what more I should be doing. As we talked about what possible futures lay ahead of me now, my sister reminded me of the need for faithfulness in the moment.
As she spoke another voice joined hers. In my heart I heard “Today is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
Words I memorized as a child. Words I’ve said and read a hundred times. Words I have seldom lived out.
The voice wasn’t shaming me. It was encouraging.
I don’t need to keep worrying about what else I should do. I don’t need to worry about what the future may hold. I don’t have to have a plan right now for our next move, or a bigger life purpose. Right now I can rest in knowing that God made today and all that entails.
He didn’t just call the sun to rise today. He didn’t merely keep the world spinning. He put me here, in this season of life, in this house, with this (beautiful wonderful) baby, with the talents and resources I have at my disposal right now. I can rejoice in these things I have right now. I can utilize what I have right now.
I can walk with Him today and let Him lead me to tomorrow.
What a wonderful wonderful Shepherd.