A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to dinner with a dear friend and her 8-year-old daughter, Layla. Before our food came to the table, I asked Layla if she would say the blessing. Without hesitation she gave me this big grin and asked us to bow our heads. It was if she knew I was going to ask her to pray. We bowed our heads and Layla proceeded to thank the Lord for His special day. She said it was a great day and everything was good because it was His special day. You could hear the joy in Layla’s voice telling God about His special day. I can’t tell you how many times she said to the Lord that it was His special day but as you can see it was enough for me to write about it. ( And, yes, she did eventually bless the food!)
The Lord gives us a new day every morning when He so graciously wakes us up. With each day, He gives us another chance to correct the wrongs we have done and seek forgiveness. Everyday, He gives us another chance to let our family and friends know that we love them. He gives us another chance to spend time in His presence and to worship Him. For the last couple of weeks, I have looked at each day differently. I knew before that particular evening that I am not promised each new day, but something hit deep inside me when Layla kept saying it was the Lord’s special day. It was not just another Monday. It was not either of our birthdays. The restaurant where we were dining was not at all spectacular. But, as Layla so eloquently spoke it, it was the Lord’s special day! We were blessed to be enjoying each other’s company. We were blessed to be able to talk about the Lord. And most importantly, we were blessed because it was the Lord’s special day.
The Bible says
Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Lamentations 2:22-23 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.
Psalm 19:1-2 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night uttereth knowledge.
Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which He made. And God blessed the seventh day, sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.
The Lord blesses us with His special day every morning! We need to embrace each day with joy and gratefulness. Mondays should be no different from Fridays simply because He creates each day. I am thankful each day that He wakes me up no matter what comes my way. Each day is His special day and He gives me another opportunity each time He wakes me up in the morning.
At the end of our meal, Layla, asked to pray again! She still had more she wanted to speak to the Lord about His special day. This time she prayed for her parents, her grandparents and all of her friends, and she prayed for me. It was obvious Layla had a good day and although it was about to come to an end, she was excited about the next day. She was excited about the next day because she knew it was going to be the Lord’s special day!