I remember feeling very down. My husband and I were living in my sister and brother-in-law’s basement waiting for a call saying our apartment was ready.
The thing about building projects…
They never go as planned. Our wait was taking weeks longer than expected. It was hard enough to be moving back into an apartment after selling our home, this just added to the stress of it all.
One day my grandma pulled up to drop off some chicken eggs… she was always sharing her farm fresh eggs. She could tell I was sad and frustrated and as grandmas do, she gave me a hug and a bit of encouragement. “I’ve got a song for you!” she said, “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!” She raised her fists up to the sky as she made this declaration.
I gleaned strength from the warm hug that followed but I wasn’t in the mood to rejoice.
Even now, years later, whenever I’m having a hard day this memory resurfaces. It’s a constant reminder to rejoice, even in the bad days.
Learning to rejoice despite the bad stuff
Even when we feel down, sad or frustrated, I do believe we need to rejoice and be glad. Not necessarily in our circumstances but in knowledge that God is good and that He created this day. If He created this day, there is purpose in it. We can also rejoice in the fact that He is Lord and no matter how out of control things may feel, He is in control.
I hold this memory very close because it was only a few months ago this beautiful woman passed away. She was the pillar of strength in our family. Her example of trust and faith in God changed the hearts and minds of many, including mine. That is why her words carried so much weight. She lived what she believed and she spoke what she knew was true.
What to do today
Today I raise my fists and rejoice! God made this day. Nothing but myself can stop me from rejoicing in His glory and goodness!
This is the day the Lord had made, how will you rejoice and be glad in it?