We are in the lazy days of summer. While life busily moves along, there is a peacefulness about summer that surpasses any other time. A lightness hovers over the season causing us to take a deep breath, reflect more on past days and future hopes, and lull in the moment. Psalm 90:12, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” In this verse, the Psalmist is not asking God to tell him how many days he has left on this earth. He is asking God to show him how to make the best of the days he has – however many. This summer I have had the privilege of spending time with my family – particularly grandchildren – riding the tractor, running through the sprinkler, eating ice cream sandwiches, and finding lightning bugs – simple things but priceless memories. These moments have meant more to me than I can find the words to express. How do you invest your time? Do you ask God for the wisdom needed to use your days wisely? When we reflect on time, we realize how weak we are and how short our days are on this earth. We are frail people. Something can happen to any one of us at any given moment in time. The beautiful part of God is He preserves and protects His people, either on earth or in eternity. This Psalm was penned by Moses. Take time to read through Psalm 90 slowly and intentionally. What Moses is trying to tell us is God is outside of time – time has no implications for Him; however, for us, it is fleeting. We tend to live as if our days are limitless. There will also be a tomorrow to apologize, to connect, to change, to forgive, to… The reality of tomorrow? It will never come. All we have is today. I recently attended a funeral of a friend of mine. His wife smiled and hugged my neck as I entered the visitation. She knew Connie and I had traveled some distance to be there. Through tears she whispered, “He always said to me, ‘we’ll do it tomorrow. Don’t worry, I’ll take care of it tomorrow.’ Mike, he never realized there isn’t a tomorrow, is there?” Today is a special time. God has a purpose for your life that is unique and only pertains to you; however, if you do not allow Him the opportunity to use you in order to fill it, you will never experience the fullness of life God intended for you to have. In every direction you look, there is beauty. Sometimes, we choose not to see it because we only want to see what is wrong – what is negative. When we make NOW our primary focus, it enables us to love who is near us; to enjoy the simpleness of where we are in life; and to experience the richness of the day God has planned for us. I encourage you today to realize, there is nothing more urgent than right now. Be comfortable where you are. Extract every bit of what you have from this moment because you will not live it again. Take time to be present in your here and now. This moment in your life is simply enough.
June 18, 2018