I've just finished reading a Max Lucado book entitled Great Day Every Day.
He starts with Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it". The phrase "This is the day" includes every day - not just 'good' days but 'bad' days as well. He encourages us to give each day a chance because you no longer have yesterday and you do not yet have tomorrow. So you need to live for today. He suggests three things to help - saturate your day in God's grace; entrust your day to his oversight; and accept his direction. In other words fill your day with God. Choose to make it great.
I found the book very encouraging and challenging at the same time. I realise that some days I forget that God is on my side and instead of trusting him, I focus on the trouble swirling around me. One of the best things about Max Lucado's books are the clear real-life illustrations he gives. In this book he tells the story of an American soldier who spent seven and a half years in a POW camp in Hanoi. It was a dark dismal place full of despair. Every morning he got down on the floor and removed the grate off a floor vent and peered out through a small hole in the bricks at a single blade of grass. It was that bit of colour in an otherwise bleak world that gave him the hope to survive.
In the same way, when we are facing difficult days we have a choice to set our eyes upon the greyness or search for a blade of grass of a different colour. But, it's not just a case of positive thinking. It's about seeing things as God wants us to see them. We can then see his hand in the midst of our circumstances.
I've been waiting patiently (maybe not so) for this book to arrive for a couple of months.
It's the latest Kinsey Millhone mystery by Sue Grafton - W is for Wasted.
Last night it magically appeared in my Kindle. Don't you love technology?
If you will excuse me....I have a book to read.
Until next time