You Made My Day
By: Shonnelle L. Cummins
Have you ever experienced a day that you never want to relive? A day, week, or even month that was so horrible you would not wish on your worst enemy. I have experienced more of those days than I like to admit. Well, there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that we will not live those days in the past again and the bad news is there are more unpleasant days to come before we leave this earth. We would love to live every day of our lives frolicking through a field of flowers but the truth is we will and we must encounter those not so flowery days. Although we will have days, weeks, or months when we don’t smell the roses and cannot see the sunshine, we must remember the Creator of our days.
The Lord, our God, is the Creator of time and man. He created day and night on day one of creation then created man in His image on day six. Light and dark were already set and established by God before He made man. He divided 1 day into 24 hours for our sake. Many of us have difficultly managing the time God has given us and often complain about not having enough time to accomplish all that needs to be done. We make our “to-do” lists filled with tasks we think needs to be completed then we check them off as we complete them. At the end of a busy day while reviewing your now “to done” list, have you ever thought, “Wow, I did all these things but still feel unproductive.”? You may be correct if your list wasn’t prioritized by the Father, the One who created your day.
I have learned to begin my day by asking God, “What am I suppose to do today?” or “What do You want me to do today?” To my surprise, His “to-do” list for me is much shorter than the “to do” list I make for myself. When I ask those questions at the beginning of my day then add my list to God’s list, my day flows much smoother than it would had I not sought Him for my daily duties. God knows exactly what we need and who will fulfill those needs. He assigns each of us specific tasks to complete in order for all of our needs to be met. If we do not seek God to find out what tasks we have been assigned, then someone’s needs will go unmet or be fulfilled by the wrong person. God orchestrates our day in a way that not only allows us to accomplish everything on our list but also, and more importantly, everything in His list for us to do. When we accomplish God’s “to do” list, we find ourselves totally satisfied, fulfilled, and in His will for our lives.
Being in the will of God is the best place to be. There is provision, direction, and gratification in His will. Dark days, weeks, and months may be found in the will of God but rest assured that the SON is still shining. We will be challenged and face difficult times as we obey God. But seeking God first before our day begins can prepare us for those not so easy moments when our day seems to be going wrong. I find it less stressful and easy going when I know how my day has been made before it even begins.
God has a plan for each and every one of our days but it is up to us to find out the Master’s plan. God makes our days unique and unlike any other. Some days may be similar but they are to be different than the previous one. After living through a day, we should grow stronger and wiser based on the experiences we have, people we meet and interact with, and challenges we fail or overcome. God planned each day to be a learning environment for us to become more like Him. Keep this perspective in mind when you are facing a giant or a road block or simply being tested. Know that God has made this day just for you and is readily available to provide direction and guidance if asked.
A Daily Confession:
Father God, You have made this day just for me and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I cast the whole of care, worry, and concern on You because You love me. You know the challenges that lay before me and I ask that You show me how to respond to those challenges with wisdom and compassion. Work freely through me, Lord, as I open my spirit to receive all that you have for me. Thank you, Father, for being a very present help whenever I need You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!