We are, as created mortal beings, very vulnerable. The time that we have on earth is precious and limited. We tend to only worry about doing our own thing now or we are so focused on the future that we can’t do anything today. Both approaches leaves us with empty lives wondering where did the time go. The best measure of time isn’t in seconds, minutes, days and weeks, etc. Time is best measured by the moments of time in our lives, precious moments that defines us and molds us. Moments are segments of time lived with love.
A couple of months ago, it was a typical Monday morning. I was already planning for a trip to OSU for a doctors appointment later that week, a trip to the Amish Country, an upcoming round of cancer treatment, and all of our daughter’s upcoming high school senior events. I had the next few months planned out, or so I thought.
In an instant, a freak accident at work that morning and everything changed. Later that day a phone call and results from a routine MRI brought news that would further change the course of the next few months. By Monday evening, with a busted foot and upcoming neck surgery, my plans were completely altered. Evidence that we not only do not know what tomorrow may bring, we don’t know what the next hour, or minute will bring.
James 4:13-16 “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” NIV
We can’t control our future, any more than we can change our past. It is when we realize that it is but by the grace of God that we live, that we can start to live life to the fullest, each moment being a precious gift from God that is given back to him through our loving service in his will.
While plans do not control our future, they do prepare us for the future. Yet a successful life is not lived in the tomorrows that we plan but it is measured from the moments that we experience today, as seen through the lens of God’s will. In the fluidity of each day, we learn, we adapt, and we follow the Spirit’s lead. Each moment of life becomes the building block for our future.
There is but one source of power, provision and control in this world and only one that has all the answers. That one is the almighty God and there is but one thing that is important to God, that we have a loving intimate living relationship with him.
Live your life moment by moment and trust that God has your back and that he will take care of us this moment and when tomorrow becomes today’s moment. Don’t worry so much about tomorrow or even the next hour that you miss the now. Instead focus on the moment of fellowship with God that exists now. This moment now is the most precious and the most important time of our life. Don’t waste it on excessive worry for tomorrow.
May the mist of your life quench the thirst of the thirsty, extinguish the fiery darts of Satan and provide refreshment to the weary. Amen.