O sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.
~ Psalm 96:1 - 3
Today I woke up just feeling several things.
There is of course the whole getting up, getting ready to start the day, and then trying to figure out what I've missed since I turned my phone off and climbed into bed.
Along the Gulf Coast, it can be 91 degrees one day, 78 degrees the next, and then 90 plus again the following day. That pretty much describes our week THIS week!
While we would like to think that we can predict things like the weather, the simple truth is, we can't.
Our world is filled with many unpredictabilities.
Although Christ had told his followers that he must die and then rise again in order to fulfill God's glory, I doubt seriously that they could fully relate and predict what would happen when this occurred. While I would like to think that the world would have stopped everything to turn their attentions to Jesus' return, of course, life continued on.
I have often wondered in our own human capacity knowing that once again the world will know the presence of Christ among us physically, that our knowing that we cannot predict his return causes us to put it in the back of our minds, rather than something we think of each day.
When we encounter something we have no control over, there are times that we just simply leave it behind.
It's kinda like the world tuning in to watch a giraffe give birth, and 40 days later were still looking. When the giraffe finally gave birth, some people were like, "I quit looking weeks ago."
I find that my day can become pretty predictable based on the way I feel inside. The Psalmist reminds us to "Sing a new song unto the Lord," with each new day. For some, this may be a real challenge, when you wake up feeling the way you did the day before. These feelings may not be bad for some, but for others, worries, over-commitments, stress, debt, hurt, and on and on, minimize our ability to find joy, none the less, a new song!
I shared that years ago I had a good friend remind me that there is reason to sing each day. It is up to us to seek and find it. No matter how great or small, claim it! And sing about it. Singing is not always about a tune. It's also about acknowledging that God has provided a reason to carry that joy through the whole day.
Today, as unpredictable life may be, may we all find a reason to sing a new song unto the Lord!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Today Lord, may I find a reason to sing! Lead me and direct me, pointing me to that which will provide the joy I need for this day, tomorrow, and days to come. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.