This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
One night awhile back, I had gone to bed hot and irritated. I live in Florida, and our air conditioning had been having issues for weeks. After several service calls, the issue had still not been resolved.
There is a balcony off of my second floor bedroom, and tall palm trees in my backyard block the view of the neighbors. As I prepared for bed, I opened the balcony door, hoping for a breeze to help the ceiling fan cool me.
For the first time in weeks, I slept. No outside noises woke me during the night, and the Lord sent a breeze to cool me. I woke well ahead of the alarm I had set. In the darkness, I contemplated going back to sleep, but instead decided to just have a time of quiet reflection.
I watched as the darkness gave way to light, and watched the breeze blow gently through the palm leaves. There were still no outside noises – no slamming doors, no vehicles starting, no barking dogs, no voices shouting. It was peaceful. It was perfection.
So the LORD said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. 2 Kings 19:11-12
It took me back to my younger days, and my very first apartment. Money was very tight – so tight that I often ate what I called poor man’s pizza, which was nothing more than toast with spaghetti sauce and Parmesan cheese. To save money, I often slept with the windows open. I lived on the third floor, and palm trees blocked the view of the neighboring apartment buildings and the shopping center across the street.
I was a new believer in Yeshua (Jesus), and I greeted every morning with the joyful expectation of spending time with Him. I devoured the Word of God. All of my free time was spent studying, praying, and listening to songs about Him. He filled my life. He filled me.
Seasons come and go. Life gets busy, and sometimes the important things are relegated to a lower place in our lives. It isn’t intentional, and sometimes isn’t even apparent until we have a nostalgic moment, and then we long for the simpler times. We quiet ourselves, and the Lord whispers that if we slow down and spend time with Him, today can be that way, too.
He reminds us that with all of the distractions of this life, He is peace. He is hope. He is there.
What a difference a day makes.
Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! I say: The LORD is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him. Lamentations 3:22-24