I had a really good day today, and I am feeling very grateful. It wasn’t that any one thing in particular stood out about it, but as I cast my eye over the events of the last twelve hours, it was simply a good day.
My morning started out ordinarily enough – I had the chance to catch up with a friend from overseas who was in town for the holidays. After that, I took in a movie – Rogue One – with my family, and even though I didn’t understand it at all (admittedly, when it comes to the Star Wars franchise, I’m pretty ignorant), I appreciated the opportunity to spend quality time with my mother and brother. Finally, my day ended by going to the Christmas service at my church. Much to my surprise, I ran into an old college friend during the service! Out of the thousands of people who will walk through the doors of my church this weekend (there are four Christmas services available), what are the odds that I would a) attend the same service as my old college friend; b) sit precisely one row in front of him; and c) just happen to look in his direction? These events remind me that God is always at work – even in the smallest of things – and that He is very interested in every detail of my life, and in the lives of my friends, too.
So here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You for giving me a really good day. Life has been challenging lately, so it’s been easy for me forget that good things can – and do – happen. I want to thank You for the string of pleasant things that occurred today, and also for the other things that You have worked out for my good (note that I did not say that everything that has happened to me was good, but that You have been able to work everything out for my ultimate good), but that I sometimes take for granted because I’m focused on the circumstances in my life things that aren’t so positive. Please forgive me for this misguided perspective. Thank You for actively working in the details of my life, and for the humbling reminder that You are still able to surprise me in new and delightful ways. I love You, Lord. In Your name I pray, Amen.