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Having mastered the University of Montana's IYFD program, I journeyed to Peru with the US Peace Corps. Currently, I'm discovering Peru while living in the gorgeous Andes mountains in beautiful Ancash. Come visit!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Let Us Rejoice

"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

I remember singing this hymn as a little girl. "This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. This is the day...this is the day...this is the day that the Lord. Has. Made." So I've known this verse without knowing how to reference it for years. But this morning when I woke up, God placed this on my heart. But unlike the past 19 years, it was different. Call me crazy, but for the first time I understood why this verse was so necessary for the day.

You see, I've been incredibly stressed out lately. I've seen more stress in the past three days than I've seen in the last three years. So what was God telling me by whispering this verse to me at 7:48 am? Perhaps telling me that he was there with me. That he was tracking with me, and he understood what I was dealing with. Yet more than that he was reminding me that he made today. The good, the bad, the ugly, the exotic and wildly beautiful has all been included to draw me closer to him. I rejoice not because the day is great. That's not what the Psalm says. I rejoice because He made it.

2 Comments:

Blogger Erin said...

Thanks Ari, as always, for your thoughtful insight... This is definitely something I needed to hear. In fact, I resolve that THIS day I will stop knocking people over as I run throughout campus; maybe I'll even smile and look at the clouds...
:-)

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