A few months ago, when I was feeling a little gloomy, I decided I needed to change my attitude. I’ve studied the Bible for years so I have plenty of verses committed to memory. As I mentally dug into my memory bank, this one came to mind.
This is the day that the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
I started reciting the verse every morning as soon as I opened my eyes. It has helped — even when my days aren’t so great.
Late last month, my mom, my husband and I were in a car accident. (Don’t worry, we are all okay — my mom’s car, not so much.) We were stopped at the entrance to our neighborhood when a car turned left in front of another car and then slid into us.
My husband and I were both a little sore after the accident, probably from tensing up.
A couple of days later, I had a fully scheduled day which included taking my husband to a surgical center for a procedure and then picking him up. Unbeknown to me, the doctor was running two hours behind schedule. I had to cancel lunch with friends and was late to my first appointment. On the way to my second appointment I came to a road closure and had to take a long, out-of-the-way detour which, as you might guess, made me late to that appointment as well.
By the time I was heading home, I was frustrated, exhausted and out of sorts. I just wanted to be home.
I felt my soul begin to settle once I walked into my house late that afternoon. Thankfully, my husband had picked up dinner from a nearby restaurant; delicious food with no cooking or cleanup. Afterwards, I spent some time outdoors with my dog Boone — it’s his favorite thing to do. We ended the evening with a quick visit to see my mom, one street over. I went to bed feeling calm.
The next morning, on my walk with my dog, I was treated to a most beautiful sunrise. The sun coming up over the horizon turned a group of palms into a beautiful silhouette.
Praise God that His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23)
How about you? Is there a verse you meditate on to get your day started? I would love to know.