Arguably the most commonly used expression known to man is, "Have a nice day." It is meant as a courtesy; a gracious utterance of goodwill toward someone we’ve encountered along life’s journey. In fact, it is said so often that few take it seriously.

Arguably the most commonly used expression known to man is, "Have a nice day." It is meant as a courtesy; a gracious utterance of goodwill toward someone we’ve encountered along life’s journey. In fact, it is said so often that few take it seriously.
Although most react kindly, others have been known to take offence to it. After all, life is stressful enough without the added pressure of trying to have a nice day against your will. As a virus that builds up immunity to an overprescribed drug, so some people build up a resistance to the thought of having a nice day because they hear every well-intentioned cashier or receptionist say it.
The offended in these cases perceive life as unkind, cruel, or unfair; and their foremost desire is to get even. Yes, even if getting even means closing themselves off from the world.
In essence, they pull a curtain across the window of their tormented lives, hoping to block out any light that having a "nice day" might miraculously bring.
One can see this in the eyes of many pedestrians and shoppers; how they’ve drawn a curtain across the proverbial window to their soul. They look dejected, defeated, lost, even stoical, refusing to take part in anything that’s potentially sad or hurtful. 
The emotional curtains they pull closed to accomplish this often prove thick, heavy, and seemingly impenetrable to the outside world.
Nonetheless, the light that is outside keeps beating against the backs of these curtains. It radiates constantly, ready to break through the slightest opening that might inadvertently reveal itself.
Regardless of how a person thinks or feels on the inside, the fact that this light remains despite one’s resistance to it reveals the ongoing presence of God to deliver him from the darkness of despair. It is as Jesus, the "Light of the world," once said: "I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in."
The same is true of the invisible curtains we’ve drawn. Jesus is so dedicated to saving us from our sins and infirmities that He refuses to leave.
Nothing is hidden from the One whose crucifixion and resurrection promises an eternally genuine "nice day" to all who receive Him as Savior and Lord. Jesus’ sincere call to the fearful and discouraged of this world is this: "Pull back the curtain, experience my light, and bask in the glory of my infinite love."

Mark Edmondson writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.