Wanting to Live in Tomorrow or Yesterday

Ever wish you could see into the future?  There are many reasons that this may not be such a good idea …

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“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

Probably one of the major signs of my impatience is that I want answers and I want them now!  

Whether a new illness will be lurking around the corner, or if the weeks ahead will be good ones for me.  I want to know!

I read a story as to how God may only light our paths a step at a time and as we take that step, the light shines ready for the next footfall.

I know that falls in line with "one day at a time."  Yet, there is still part of me that is usually racing on - full speed ahead.

I'm realizing there are many reasons why having the whole path lit might not be a good idea.

As a friend recently said, we wouldn't be prepared to see all of our story at once.  It might be a scary thing, something we just would not be able to handle.

I agree.

I'm also thinking of another reason.  My daughter gave me a good illustration of this just the other day.  She had exciting plans in place to be with her aunt for a few days.  Most of the days leading up to that event were filled with, "I can hardly wait!  We are going to leave in 4 (then 3, then 2, then counting down the hours till she would leave) day/hours left! 

It got a tad annoying to say the least as her mini-vacation became her sole topic of conversation.  

Not only that, her daily chores were hurried though and sloppily done.  She needed constant reminders to go back and do them correctly.

My point?

When we look too far ahead, the future becomes the place in which we try to live.

And that's not possible.

We also miss the little joys of today.  Today for example, I am able to look out on my deck and enjoy the colorful flowers that are cascading down from planters on my deck.

My loyal kitty is lying here beside, comforted just to lie near me.

Music is playing from our kitchen as our almost teen is singing away.

I'd miss this completely if I was consumed with looking at tomorrow.

There's nothing wrong with looking forward to things, just as there is nothing intrinsically wrong with looking backwards.

But, if either stop us from seeing today, from seeing our next step, we might want to make sure we are not over-walking the step that is lit for us today.

Jesus told us that tomorrow would take care of itself.

Something tells me that He didn't mean for us to take that lightly.

Father God, Thank you for today.  For some of us, today may seem to be something that has to be endured.  A day we wish to pass quickly.  I pray for each reader who is facing that today.  For those of us who are rushing off into the future, I pray that you would show us the goodness of today, and our next step with You.  Amen and amen. 

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