Behind the Song: One Day at a Time
Many times it is difficult to see the path ahead. All we can do is take things one day at a time.
The song “One Day at a Time” was written by Marijohn Wilkin when she was fifty-three years old. By this point she’d known considerable success as a songwriter of country music.
However, she’d also suffered extreme heartache and loss. Her first husband was a pilot and killed during World War II. She later struggled with alcoholism and depression.
Wilkin wrote that for all of her success she was miserable. She sought out a local minister who was unsure of how to best help her. After all, she was driving a Cadillac and wearing a full length mink coat and sparkling with jewelry.
The minister eventually asked her, “Have you ever thought about thanking God for your problems?”
She left and immediately returned to an empty house. Sitting down at the piano, she sang the entire chorus to “One Day at a time.” She recognized that the song was a prayer and would become a hit. She pulled out an envelope and began to write as fast as possible. What would become the second verse soon flowed forth.
She’d not been attending church in a while and wondered if God remembered her.
The song has been recorded by numerous artist and hit #1 on multiple charts. Marijohn Wilkin recorded several albums. The first, I Have Returned, held the track for One Day at a Time. This was her statement of faith to let the world know she’d returned to Christ.
She has since written hundreds of gospel songs and won a Dove Award in 1975.
I know this is a reminder I need on a regular basis. Do you take one day at a time?