August 7, 2010
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
It was right around Mother's Day that a small boy fearfully entered the lingerie section of a big department store.
In hushed tones he shyly presented his problem to a saleslady: "I want to buy my mom a present. I want to get her a slip, but I don't know what size she wears."
The lady asked, "Is your mom tall or short, fat or skinny?"
"I don't know, she's just perfect," confessed the small boy.
The salesperson dutifully wrapped up a slip in what most people consider a perfect size: 34. I'm pleased to report that two days later, the same salesgirl met the perfect mom who came to the store herself and exchanged the slip for a size 48.
There is truth to the old adage: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Even at size 48, in the eyes of her son, that mother was just perfect.
That's the way you and I ought to look at today.
Think about it. Today is a gift from God, sent for your use and enjoyment. That's not to say that this day might not have its problems, pains, hurts, and difficulties.
But if we are willing to look at it with the wisdom and peace that God gives, if we know the living Lord is with us, we can be given peace. We know when we close our eyes we are going to be able to say that today was, because of Jesus, "just perfect."
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, our unending thanks for the Savior who helps us through each day. Now may I, as much as possible, make the most of the day You have given. In the Savior's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries