From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.
~ Psalm 113:3
I think we often take for granted so many things. The sun rises. Our alarm clocks go off. The water pours out from the faucet. We expect the Kerig to make the same noise prior to making that first cup of coffee, and you expect to hear the cheer of a crowd as the morning television show begins.
We simply expect this because we create habits, and all of this is in response to what we have come to know to be "normal.
Today has been an interesting day. I slept in this morning, and found myself having to pull myself out of bed today. I have been struggling with my health this week, and I must admit, I have been looking forward to being able to sleep in today. I just can't believe that I actually did exactly that!
Today's psalm is a reminder that while the day has many normal features, God has already been tirelessly doing extraordinary projects to ensure my day begins with the sun, water, and all of the things that bring comfort to my life.
While all along I realize that I want for nothing, and I find within, two words... "Thank you..."
So often we spend our life wanting for nothing, because as another Psalm, the 23rd, also reminds that "surely goodness and mercy shall follow each of us."
While I hope that each of us find our life filled with comfort, I do realize that if our encounter with the day becomes challenging, even in these moments God is working to make things better for each of us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, each day is a gift. Thank You for your extraordinary presence in my life in that gift! 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.