Psalm 118: 23-25 This was the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.
The last year has been one of the most uncomfortable one for the world, with the news growing grimmer each day. Our houses became our workplaces and entertainment centers. Masks covered our faces and we were required to keep six feet of distance between us. It was like living in the Bill Murray film, Groundhog Day, but too often we weren’t learning anything and getting closer to the end, mainly because we couldn’t see anything good happening.
Yet, each day of our lives does bring with it opportunities that too often we fail to recognize. The chance to tell someone of your love, to move closer to fufilling dreams, to try new things and learn new lessons, or to just stop and reflect on what is good is your life. Since I survived colon cancer, I have tried to see each new day as a gift that needs unwrapping, with a surprise awaiting me. I think of every moment in the land of the living as the Lord’s marvelous doing, and I seek to find ways to rejoice and be glad in every minute.
Yes, I have my dark days, when I fill unproductive and useless, just as many people have through this pandemic. But then, I tell Alexa to play K-Love to listen to the gospel and be reminded that I am not alone, or ask her (?) to play the blues or jazz, and as I dance and swing my hips, I say thanks to God for talented people and objects like pianos, horns, and violins. When I worked, I thought of these solitary times as frivolous and a waste of time. I have learned over the last year that, unlike the statues in the park that has no feelings or cares, my productivity burgeons when my soul is happy.
Today is the day the Lord has made, and because I might not live to see tomorrow, I seek to define His prosperity not in terms of material wealth, but by one sweet comment that reminds me of my value to a follower or the laughter when I read a poem or the magnificience of the photographs of places I have never been but now cannot wait to visit. I actively look for the gifts from Heaven in each situation, good or bad, and, in doing so, I find the One who has healed me, rescued me, saved me, and redeemed me, the wonderful Lamb of God, to be marvelous in my eyes.