This good day
it is a gift from You
The world is turning in its place
because You made it to
I lift my voice
to sing a song of praise
on this good day
~ Fernando Ortega
On the last day of 2009 a memorial service was held for a friend who battled multiple sclerosis for 32 years.
32 long years that saw wheelchairs and walkers, loss of sight and damaged vocal chords, debilitating pain, chemotherapy, steroid infusions, daily injections, infections, rehabs, hospitals, heartbreak.
And on the day we the bereaved, gathered to celebrate her life, the pastor stood and said,
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
And rejoice we did. Because she is finally home.
And rejoice we did. Because she did.
In her days that the Lord made, she was glad.
I’ve been studying Genesis 1 with friends. I’ve heard it all before. God said “let there be light” and there was light… God saw that the light was good and… God called the light Day. So many times I’ve heard or read those words and they never made their way into my heart until now. God, who is Light, gave light. And called it good. And called it day. “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” (Ps.118:23)
Of late, my days with Rhema have been challenging. She’s such a good girl, really. She just requires so much care and attention, and honestly I spend much of my time … regretting. On this day, my almost-6 year old repeatedly messed her pants, put things in her mouth she shouldn’t, (bit me when I tried to get them out), did not speak, did not look, did not focus, did not comply, and became so frustrated and upset that she broke out into hives.
And my husband, on the phone, on the other side of the world, still wants to know, “God, what happened?” Nearly four years since the diagnosis… and there are times when still we wrestle with “why”, “what” and “how could” this happen.
God, in great glory and wonder, made this day. He magnificently ordained it to be as it is: good.
O may I follow Debi’s example and raise my arms to rejoice in the Maker of my days. May I honor Him with my life in this day. In all He has given me, may I be glad.