What a gorgeous day! It’s a warm 80 dgrees, with the sun sending splashes of light through the trees, making lacy patterns on the green grass of the lawn, and even on the street pavement. It’s the kind of day that makes you feel glad to be alive, you know? It’s been a good day so far. I’m into the afternoon now, God having blessed me with time to catch up on some reading What’s your day been like? I like to think of each day as another entry in my “journal of life.” It’s like an unwritten page. What will this page contain at the end of the day? Will we have a happy entry?
While we may have an idea of where our day is headed, only God knows for sure. The nature of our entry will be determned largely by our outlook. How’s our attitude towards this Sonlit day? Are we looking at it with expectation, or too busy dwelling on what happened yesterday, to deal with today? Perhaps we are currently consumed with job security concerns, our health, or that of a loved one, or a financial crisis looming up ahead? Friends, I hear you. I find it very easy to let yesterday’s trouble or tomorrow’s unknowns rob me of the beautiful day that God has generously set before me. Why do we do that? Why do we waste a perfectly beautiful, new day on yesterday, or worse, yet, tomorrow? Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own..” “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) THIS is the day. Giving too much thought to the past or the future tends to breed discouragement.
Helen Mellencost says, “I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly God was speaking: ‘My name is I AM.’ I waited and God continued: ‘When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not ‘I was.’ When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not ‘I will be’. When you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am here. My name is ‘I AM.’ ”
Now, know this: For those who know Christ as their Lord and Savior, God CAN redeem our past mistakes, and has. God WILL be with us in our future and has that already planned out. But He is I AM. He does not intend for us to live in the past or future. HE IS in the here and the now. Are we?
I’ve heard it said that discouragement only comes because we don’t have all of the facts of our situation. We’re basing our negative assessment on incomplete information. If we only knew what He knew. . . God does know all of the facts, and also knows what’s best for us. I’m so glad that He has all of the unknowns of my life in His capable hands.
There’s an older song written by Alison Krauss that we used to sing. The chorus says,
Many things about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand. But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.
God does not want us to be anxious about anything. “Anxiety is not only a pain which we must ask God to assuage but also a weakness we must ask Him to pardon; for He’s told us to take no care for the morrow.” (C. S. Lewis)
Today’s Monday, but Tuesday’s a-comin.’ (Couldn’t resist!) Let’s wait until it get’s here to assess it. Enjoy the rest of this day and evening that God has laid graciously before us. There’s going to be a spectacular sunset in just a few hours . . . God’s work at its finest! We will be applauding.
That’s the view from here . . .