Aug. 29, 2019

The Perfect Day


Have you ever had one of those days that everything is going so well and coming together so beautifully that you are tempted to say, “Thank you, God, for this perfect day?” Today was one of those days for me.

I am blessed to be semi-retired, working from home, managing my own schedule and commitments, and fulfilling a lifelong calling as a pastor. I was invited to officiate a funeral for the mother of a close friend. I prayerfully prepared for the service over the course of a week. We had the order of service. We had the songs picked out. The last-minute technical problems resolved themselves. Most of all, the family felt the service was exactly what their mother would have wanted. That’s a God thing; NOT a Roni thing. Please allow me to repeat that – the day wasn’t perfect because of anything I did or said. The day was perfect because God was glorified, and a family found comfort.

I remember driving down the road headed home and thinking, “This day has been perfect. Thank you, God. Your presence and blessings are obvious to me and to others.”

Then, one visit with one person twisted the day into something totally different. What’s sad is the person had nothing to do with the grieving family or the funeral. The person was a last-minute decision to do a drop by visit hoping to add one more thing to my “perfect” day.

As I cringed at what the person said to me and about me, the Lord kept me humble. I admit that I ruin many a perfect day for people. Do not hear this blog as being one saying, “Boy! I made it! I always say the right thing at the right time.” Nothing could be further from the truth. (Many of you are laughing right now thinking, “Right on, sister!” And, I know who you are!)

Perfection is usually all in our minds. Nothing in life is perfect. The day can be good because of good things, but reality always sets in. We are not living in a perfect world. We are not perfect people. Imperfection sometimes gets in the way of our perfect day.

Here’s my choice: Meditate on the greatness of God and His goodness OR obsess over the insensitive comments made from someone who had no clue that I was having a perfect day and they ruined it.

What do you think I chose?

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6