I received many emails and comments, regarding my October 25th post.
One of the responses really hit me:
How am I? That’s a long answered question. Life is crazy. So many positive good things. So many difficult discouraging things. I know that’s life. I really needed to be reminded of His peace, forgiveness, surrender, strength and hope!
I really do believe that this person speaks of reality for everyone. It’s about 11:00 am and I’ve spoken to/texted and received emails from nine people. One person was sick (with a “man cold” but I won’t give any names), two were very tired, the fourth person was discouraged because of unemployment, the next was doing fine and shared about how she was learning about patience, one was feeling guilty because she missed someone’s birthday, one was frustrated because of some unresolved family dynamics, the seventh was angry and the most recent person that I communicated with was very excited because she was going on a first date with a new friend.
It’s Saturday morning, it’s a grey, rainy day and nine people in my world let me in their worlds – seven are struggling, two are doing well. I’m thankful that these people can be honest with me and that they trust me with their situations. I’m sure that they all had plans about where they wanted to go and what they wanted to do…but then life showed up.
The significant and life-changing difference in a Christian’s life is that Jesus walks beside us through it all – the ups and downs, the perceived good and not so good. We can experience the day as it unfolds, with full presence, not mere tolerance, knowing that God is Hope but this world aches.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and poet wisely instructed us when he said the following:
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and some absurdities not doubt crept it; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hops and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
Generally speaking, there’s some good stuff communicated in this quote – yesterday happened, today is here.
The webs of yesterday have already by spun. The decisions of tomorrow have yet to be made. Today,we have today and according to His glorious Word, His mercies are new every morning.(Lamentations 3.23) According to our almighty and loving Father, today is a fresh start so we need to act on the truth that He is enough for whatever comes our way.