Long before I had ever heard of Throwback Thursday, “throwing it back” meant the fish I had caught was too small to keep, so it was released. Sometimes, I wish I could do the same thing with a day: deem it not good enough, put it back, try again for something better. I’m glad that I am not trusted with that choice.
As any movie about time travel reveals, the smallest of changes to the most mundane of days could have huge repercussions in my life. I wouldn’t want to change my grade on some test that somehow results in me not meeting my husband! Joking aside, I trust that God is sovereign over every moment. This means that there are no days that he views as worthless; none that he would “throw back”. He has a purpose for them all, and even if I never get to see that purpose, I can rest in my trust of him.
I am so thankful that God chose to stick with us on some pretty terrible days, even though he does have that power. He did not “throw back” the day in the garden when humanity chose to be separated from him. He did not “throw back” the day that his only son left the glory of heaven for the grime of earth. He did not “throw back” the day that his son was rejected in his hometown. He did not even “throw back” the day that his son was killed in a gruesome way, his lifeless and torn body on display for the crowds. He loved through it all, drawing people to him, even as all of his creation seemed to be rejecting him.
He did not throw me back, and he is not throwing you back, either. He loves humanity enough to stick with us through the darkest days imaginable- past, present, and future. He ordains our days, and he knows them in advance.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.