“Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well!… Surprise us with love at daybreak; then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.” Psalm 90:12,14
This morning I entered Walmart at 5:30 a.m. I’m not fond of shopping for groceries any time of the day and had never gone before the sun rose. However, I found it to be a pleasant experience to be out before daybreak. First, there were few people in the store. Second, the shelves were well organized. Third, the store was clean and clutter-free. But the best was the employees finishing up their shift who were most helpful in directing me to the right aisles. I didn’t leave the store skipping and dancing but decided I would do this again some day.
When I exited the store, it was no longer dark outside, but clouds shrouded the sun and the air felt brisk. “What happened to the Arizona sunshine?” I thought. When I checked my Facebook page, I realized that a cloudy day was A-Okay. Iowa, my home state, along with the states around it, had experienced freezing rain. Highways were shut down, businesses remained closed, and anyone with common sense stayed inside to prevent falling or getting into an accident on the road.
Sometimes we need a reminder how well off we have it—my cloudy day failed to gain sympathy from those trying to chop through layers of ice or clean up downed branches and trees.
Lord, thank you for each new day full of surprises. Amen