I just checked my calendars and discovered that today is Presidents’ Day in the United States. So, to all of you presidents reading this blog…Happy Presidents’ Day to you.
In Canada it’s Flag Day. So, Happy Flag Day to any Canadian flags reading this blog.
It’s the day after Valentine’s Day. So, for any valentines reading this blog…Happy Day After Valentine’s Day.
For anybody who isn’t a president nor a flag nor a valentine…Happy Day to y’all.
Yeah, I fit into that last category the best. I’ve never been elected the president of anything. I’ve only been across the Canadian border once in my life and then I wasn’t a flag at that time. And my valentine walked out on me before we could celebrate the day I sent her a carnation 30 years ago to let her know I was interested in her.
So, what do I have to be happy about?
I was hoping you could tell me cuz I’m a bit bummed out right now.
When I concentrate on my life right now it isn’t pretty. It’s actually quite messy as I wallow in my mire.
So, how do I wish myself a Happy Day?
I stop looking at my life and all its slop that’s built up up to my waist.
Instead of curling up in the fetal position I look forward with optimism. Things are out of my control to a point, but it’s gotta get better.
Rather than crying at what looks like inevitable disaster I look up with expectancy. I know God is in control and has a plan for my mess.
Refusing to throw in the towel I cling to God’s promises and strive to become more like Jesus Christ everyday. That’s what I’m called to do no matter what.
It’s at times like now that I go back and read the portions of the Bible that deal with the transition of leadership between Moses and Joshua.
Two themes are repeated at that time. Be strong and courageous is one of them. Joshua was about to head up a massive operation that was sure to get messy, and it did. The echo of encouragement and strength must have given him hope to take the next step, even when it didn’t make sense.
I will never leave you nor forsake you is the other repeated theme. Moses had to leave Joshua, but God promised to remain at his side. An open line of communication was available to Joshua to guide his every decision.
I’ve spent a great deal of my life by myself the past few years, but I’ve never been alone. Barb left me and cut off all ties to me, but God has always been by my side.
That’s the only thing that keeps me going some days.
There have been times that have gotten me down and out. I’ve felt like I’m just going through the motions. Then God brings a scene to mind from the third book in the series I began to write when I began this crazy writing journey He called me to. I haven’t finished writing the first book, yet.
That’s the proverbial carrot on the stick that keeps me moving forward.
It’s God’s way of showing me His promise of a future I can’t see at this time.
It’s what brings tears to my eyes and a smile on my face when nothing else will.
So, Happy Day y’all!
Keep smiling. Wade