This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Countless times I’ve sung that song but never thought much about what it means. In my mind I had a picture of welcoming the dawn, being glad for the glory of the rising sun.
What I didn’t think much about was the events of the day to come: the plans I had, the problems I’d face, the trials and difficulties, joys and failures that make up my life that day.
This summer I had a series of days I didn’t want to rejoice in. My home was no longer my own; my sister-in-law and her daughter had moved in. My husband and I were reeling from the changes that had come to our lives. I was certainly not rejoicing in the daily adjustments we were forced to make.
I should have at least tried to be more obedient, for now, a few months later I can see such blessing that God is bringing to our lives.
Sure, we still have bad days. My niece can be temperamental. She gets anxious and agitated, melts down like a four-year-old and throws temper tantrums like a teenager. I’m still learning how to manage these times.
In between all that, we have seen progress. We are having more good days that bad, days of calm and tranquility, days when my niece is cooperative and happy, willingly goes for a walk or helps with chores, or even asks if we will read the Bible. The other day she was positively joyful, wanting to dance.
It’s easy to rejoice in those days. The difficult ones are a different story. But we are called to rejoice in the day that the Lord has made early in the morning, before we know what the day will bring, at noon, when we are in the midst of our daily business, and in the evening, when we have either enjoyed success or endured failure.
And why rejoice when the day brought nothing but pain? Because by enduring faithfully, we learn patience and gain endurance. Our faith becomes stronger, our character is refined. We can rejoice in those hard days, knowing that God will do His work in us and in our circumstances. He uses all kinds of days—the good and the bad—for His purposes, which we know are for our good, because He loves us.
Now if I can just remember to rejoice in whatever kind of day God sends.