Today is a big day! Have you heard? This day is monumental. Its importance is of utter significance. It could, quite possibly, be a defining day for your future. This day might very well be one you look back on and say, "Yes, it was that day that everything changed for me."
So, what is so special about today? Is this one of those days that conspiracy theorists and theologians have deemed "the date" for the end of the world? Is there a big election? Is a new technology being unveiled that will revolutionize your life? (Yes, the next generation of i phone is being announced but I highly doubt it will alter the course of your life.) Am I giving you a free subscription to Match.com, ensuring that today Mr. or Mrs. Right will be flung into your life, right onto your computer screen?
No to all of the above. I don't claim to know when the end times will come. If there is a big election I am unaware of it. Technology is cool but not this exciting, in my opinion. And, sorry to disappoint, but there is no free subscription of Match.com coming your way.
Today is exciting and monumental for another reason all together.
Today is exciting and monumental because it is the day the Lord has made.
Uh-oh, did I let you down? Were you expecting a big announcement or some deep, philosophical observation?
I hope you don't overlook the importance of my declaration just because you've heard it before. You probably sang the little song in Sunday School as a child. The leader sings out the simple chorus, "This is the day" and then all the little kids repeat. It goes on, "that the Lord has made," and once again the children repeat. Then, "I will rejoice...and be glad in it."
It is so simple, isn't it? When we're young we sing it with conviction. We don't fully grasp the depth and significance of our words but still we join in the chorus wholeheartedly.
Then we grow up. And we stop singing the song. Our music becomes more complicated, the words more in-depth. The words of classic hymns replace the simple melodies of a children's song. Yet, we are still called to be "children of God."
Matthew 18:3, "And he said, 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me."
The song of our heart, all though it grows in obedience and understanding, is still to be a song of simple devotion. We don't need fancy words or complex reasoning. Life doesn't have to become complicated. What we proclaim can still be as simple as declaring this day the Lord's.
This day is the day the Lord has made. You can rejoice in that and be glad. You can take today as a special day for growth. You can use this day to anticipate the miraculous, knowing that you serve a God that is able to do all things in his limitless power. Today is a day that you can see healing, love, peace and joy all become realities in your very life.
Because today is special, set apart and ordained by your God who sits upon his throne on heaven. Isn't that a beautiful image? Today, a day unlike any other, was not an accident. It was created by the hands of a master potter using the most precise techniques to design the most intricate of details.
And you thought today was just another Tuesday morning?
Whether or not today is the day that God turns your life upside down in a way you can touch, feel and see, this day is something exceptional. You can experience all things wondrous and amazing if you will allow God to fill you with the Holy Spirit, making your ordinary truly extraordinary. Because that is what he desires to do for all of us. He wants to come into our mundane, run-of-the-mill, average lives and make them mind-blowingly, astonishingly (insert your favorite superlative here) extraordinary!
There is a beauty in walking with God and continually singing the praise of his glorious hand on each and every day. When you walk with him this closely and intimately you will find that even your simple days are sprinkled with the remarkable; it might be as inconspicuous as bumping into a stranger or as monumental as the birth of a baby. God can, and will, turn your life into a series of stepping stones that form a path to knowing more of his heart. Every day becomes a day for spiritual growth. Every circumstance becomes an opportunity to know God in a new way.
Today is no exception. It is the day the Lord has made. He wants to do something spectacular in it. He wants to bless you in it, no matter where you are or what you have on your to-list. He wants you to sing the children's song of praise and proclamation that this day is special because it is the handiwork of our almighty God.