“That was the best day of my life,” exclaimed a little girl to her parents.
Her blond curls bounced as she skipped down the gravel pathway in her cowboy boots.
And my heart skipped with her causing me to chime in, “Me too!”
Her parents turned around and nodded. We’d just listened to a free symphony concert in the park. Notes from the William Tell Overture twirled in my head.
Like a keepsake rose, I pressed that “best day” into my memory bank.
Do you remember one of the best days of your life?
Those sweet spots on this earthly journey when your cup runs over and it feels great to be alive.
If only we could rejoice…be happy, joyful, pleased, glad…every day.
Even on those rotten tomato days when it feels like the worse day ever.
The Bible says we should rejoice. (Psalm 118:24)
- Rejoice because God has made this day. And He is fully present, longing to be part of our day.
- Rejoice because inducing happy thoughts changes our perspective and makes us glad.
- Rejoice knowing that our best days on earth don’t hold a candle to one day in God’s house. (Psalm 84:10)
That evening, I sat beneath a canopy of stars, swaying to the melodic notes of that orchestra which reached a spine-tingling crescendo, and I envisioned God’s angelic choir singing “Hallelujah. Worthy is the Lamb.”
The image gave me goosebumps.
For if that symphonic high is a glimpse of God’s glory and the joy of being in His presence one day,
Then it’s possible to rejoice today and always. (1 Thess. 5:16)
The only sad thing is…no one can make us rejoice. Choosing to be glad is up to each individual.
Even in this moment.