What a WONDERFUL day it has been!!!
An intimate time at Your feet this morning. A long list of tasks on my work and home “To Do” lists checked off. Some key actions taken to further “touch” a few of those “Divine Appointments” You have orchestrated. A happy kitty who, with a fair amount of freedom outside today, chose to explore and enjoy her new territory close to home. [Sigh of relief!] An 8-mile+ bike ride in 78-degree weather. Three meals of delicious, healthy food. Extended quiet times on Sanctuary Hill.
Then I got to thinking. What would a “wonderful” day be in the eyes of others? Some might think a “wonderful” day would be winning the lottery. Or getting that long-sought-after promotion or long-hoped-for raise in pay. For still others, a drink of clean water or shelter from the elements or just enough food to keep from starving. For some, it might be a “negative” test result (meaning a positive outlook). For some of my brothers and sisters around the world, it would be a “wonderful” day if they survived the latest Inquisition-style beating because of their refusal to deny You, Lord. (For others, it would be more “wonderful” to not survive and to finally be face-to-face with You).
It’s important that we each have perspective. It can be easy to get “tied up” in the stresses of circumstances we face when, truth be told, there will always be someone whose circumstances are more difficult than ours. Still, a burden is a burden… and, perhaps, ours can be lightened when we see the example of others who not only survive but thrive through journeys far more treacherous than our own.
But there is also another truth at work here… isn’t there, Lord? Your Sovereignty.
“He marked out their appointed times in history, and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us.” (Acts 17:26b-27)
So, while it is good that we gain perspective, it is also good that we “bloom” where and when You have “planted” us. You have created each of us to be a unique masterpiece — equipped and empowered to fulfill the Good Word You have set aside for us to do. I know and love some fellow servants who are “positioned” to witness to the wealthiest of the wealthy. Is this “easy” (and/or somehow less important or worthy) Kingdom duty compared to another’s life-threatening evangelizing of jihadists or other extremists?
Hmm… Is Hell any less horrific for the blissfully-ignorant industry mogul who spends his life on Earth lost in the “lap of luxury” than for a professing Satan-worshipper who finally (but too late) wakes up to the lie he has swallowed?
I’m back to where I was when I started this journal entry: What a WONDERFUL day it has been, Lord!!! Because if I’m right where You have placed me, seeking with all my heart — as best I can — to serve You with all that I am… how could this day be anything other than WONDERFUL???
“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24)