Particularly after having kids, I was struck by how different one day could be from the next. As an infant-mama, I might have had a great day that included a shower and engaging with the world alongside a baby who is both napping and feeding on a predictable, doable schedule. These days would include sun and energy and laughter. All the good things. The next day might find me with meltdowns, a tired, fussy baby and a sense that I would never actually make it to 8:00 p.m. without some hard-core reinforcements. These days would include tears, ragged hair, and a few desperate phone calls. Good and bad days aren’t always predictable.
The whole each-day-unto-itself idea isn’t true for new parents alone. Teachers, doctors, builders, children, and really just all the everyday-ordinary-people recognize that some days will go great and others will stretch us to the far reaches of the entire world. Except the middle part of us is still standing in the middle of a cluttered playroom or a tense conference room or a long line at a drive thru or an eerily quiet doctor’s exam room about. to. snap.
On those hard rocky days, I am thankful for things like night and day, and I’ll tell you why. Because God is smart. God recognized that our capacity for a bad day really couldn’t extend past 12 to 14 hours—24 hours at the very absolute most.
In our minds, we know the challenges are there to refine us and grow us and shape us in the ways that God knows is best. But that doesn’t really comfort us when our baby has been crying for four hours, or our teenager is in a heartbroken mess, or we have to go to the mechanic and pay him all the money, or we don’t know if the lump is cancer, or the kids used every single piece of clean laundry to make forts, or our prayer of repentance at the end of the day seems never-ending.
I take so much comfort in knowing that God knew I would need a rhythm to help me handle the pressures of everyday life. He knows my need for rest, and He knows my need for a new morning.
Don’t get me wrong. I know that a new morning doesn’t mean a conflict is magically resolved or a health issue is no longer a thing. A new morning doesn’t mean a broken heart is suddenly mended or your college student has transported back to his old room or the diaper cream has magically disappeared from the carpet where it was smeared the day before. But a new morning does mean my heart and mind and body are starting fresh, ready to deal with the day’s joys and troubles. And God’s mercies are sitting there, waiting for me when I open my eyes. He is enough. Always.
If you are enjoying a good day, soak it up and ride it joyfully into the evening. Sleep peacefully and thank God for the gift of a day of laughter and peace and togetherness—whatever makes your days “good.”
If you are having a bad day, take heart. Search for the things in your life you can thank God for, and trust your Lord with all of everything. He will sustain you. He knows your need, and He is ready and able to carry you through every last minute of your struggle. His strength is perfected in weakness. And then you will get a chance to reset in the morning because God gives us a new day every 24 hours. God had purpose in creating the moon and the sun.
So today I am thanking God for the glorious rhythm of day and night He created. I am thanking Him that I get to reset my heart, mind, and body every 24 hours, even if I’m awake in the dark hours of night. I am praising Him that He tells me not to take on more than the day can hold. And I am walking with high hopes for the days ahead, confident in His presence in every moment and His care in leading me closer to His heart. I’m finding the freedom that comes in living day by day.
Have a blessed day, friends. If you notice the sun or the moon, remember, they are God’s grace to you. He is making all things new, day by day, moment by moment.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. Genesis 1:5
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34
It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. Psalm 92:1-4