When you think back on a year gone by or on a life for that matter, there aren’t that many days that you remember. You obviously lived all of your days, but only a relatively few make the best day ever list, therefore remaining fairly intact as memorable. For example, I bet only a very few if any would remember what happend on Feb. 27, 2007. (If you do, post a comment about it please.) Anyway, even those “remembered” days, like wedding days, birth of a child, etc aren’t entirely remembered. You just remember it more than most days.
Where am I going with this? Well, I decided that yesterday was one of the best days ever. Notice that I “decided” this. Best day evers shouldn’t just happen. We aren’t lucky when we have one or unlucky when we don’t. I learn this first from Psalm 90 and it was illustrated by Sponge Bob Squarepants.
Psalm 90 is the only Psalm we have that was written by Moses, a man who had some best day evers. Think the Exodus, crossing the Red Sea, getting the 10 commandments, water out of the rock, manna for the first time, seeing God’s back. But add all of those best day evers and you get just a few months of time out of 40 plus years. The vast majority of his days were spent getting up and eating the same thing every day, going to the same job every day, and looking at the same bleak wilderness every day. Thus Psalm 90. Go ahead and read the words of a bored man caught in the monotony of life. First read Psalm 90.
Did you notice the words:
–“teach us to number our days” (Make the most of our days)
–“satisfy us…that we may sing for joy and be glad ALL our days” (we can be deeply satisfied every day, regardless of the circumstances)
–“may your deeds be shown” (see God’s work in our lives every day)
–“establish the work of our hands” (recognize that God is using us to make a difference)
Good word Moses. Good word.
Yesterday, Feb. 26, 2008, which I’ve resolved to remember and am putting on the web for posterity did not start as if it should be “the best day ever”.
2:30am-6am: It started at 2:30am with me waking up feverish and then puking in the bathroom. I’m sick! I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I tossed and turned and watched TV until 6am. Drifted off for about an hour. Total of about 4 hours sleep.
7am-12:30pm: Dan woke up for school at 7am. Sarah got him ready and took him to school while I laid awake in bed with Jack and Alli. Sarah had planned to go to Lexington with her sister to pick out a prom dress and I told her I’d be fine to go ahead. She graciously arranged for easy meals all day so that I simply had to heat things up for the kids when they got hungry. My plan was to lay in bed and drink gatorade and puke as little as possible. About 9am I started feeling better so I got up to at least write and work on my sermon. By 12:30 my fever was back and I was back in bed.
12:30-2:30pm: Lay in bed feverish and Dan’s school bus schedule got out of whack so I had to bundle the kids up and head out to the school to get him. He ended up taking a different bus that I eventually ran down, With a fever this was not what I wanted to be doing.
2:30-5:30pm: Got everybody settled into craft time and fed dinner and climbed back into bed about 5pm. This is where Sponge Bob comes in. The kids piled into bed with me and we started watching sponge bob, episode, “The Best Day Ever”. It was about Sponge Bob having this big plan for the best day ever, but it fell apart every step of the way. But he realizes that he’s got great friends and made a difference that day and he lived that day to the full. He lived Psalm 90 better than I did. And so I laid in bed with my kids laying all over me and listening to them sing with Sponge Bob…It’s the Best Day Ever:
That’s when I thanked God for a day off with my kids. I thanked God that I had kids who had voices who could sing and I could listen to. I thanked God for a wife that loves me and babyies me when I’m sick. God taught me to number my days. Even Feb. 26, 2008 was awesome. God is unbelievablely merciful to me even when I’m sick. I was deeply satisfied and sang with joy ALL of my day. God’s work in my family was both confirmed and clearly seen. Thank you Jesus for dying for my sin and taking my sicknesses, which will one day completely gone in my experience not just my postion. But in the meantime he uses my sin and my sickness to teach me and show up in my life. Thank you Jesus, Thank you Moses, Thank you Sponge Bob, Thank you Sarah, Thank you Dan, Thank you Jack, Thank you Alli, for the best day ever.