I have a daughter who lives on the other side of the world right now. It’s weird, because wherever she is, she is nineteen hours ahead of me thanks to daylight savings time and 8000 miles of ocean and continents. Whenever we talk, she is always living in tomorrow, but I am still stuck right here: IN TODAY. When we Skype, I usually start with, “So tell me, what can you tell me about MY tomorrow that I don’t know will happen yet?”
I find it interesting that my Monday is always her Tuesday and so on. So in an attempt to avoid Murphy’s law and various other pitfalls, I jokingly request she give me tomorrow’s headlines for my life as soon as she knows them.
Okay, not really, but it almost seems plausible.
I find myself having this same beef with God lately. Could you please let me know what’s coming down the pike tomorrow?
You see it’s been a challenging year here. Life situations (aka “crisis events”) have been too many and too close together.
It’s too much! I’d say while shaking my fists, as if God had suddenly decided that Job needed a twin sister! I can’t bear another bit. Silence. Other than the sometimes discouraging and fear-inciting voices inside my head .
How many times have I looked at today’s headlines or story line in my life, and then logically predetermined tomorrow’s outcome?
Then like Ty Pennington giving some lucky family a spanking brand new home on Extreme Home Makeover, God who is merciful gave me a Big Reveal moment inside the quirky head that is home to what can only be described as Liz Logic.
Yes, the same brain that is home base to creative pursuits such as writing and photography and imagination of every dimension is also the executive studio of worry, FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real as Joyce Meyer adequately acronymed it!) and as a triple treat: anxiety.
It’s indeed hard to live fully present, in the present. I haven’t perfected it. But I have started attempting it more. It’s a process of mindful letting go. Prayer helps. As does focusing on the positive moments of the day and small victories achieved.
Also essential? A network of like-minded friends. Negativity breeds in times of uncertainty. So does positivity. Pick one.
But the most important thing is living for today is simply LIVE TODAY. Not tomorrow, today. The bible tells us not to worry about tomorrow because apparently we were designed to have only enough mental storage capacity for worries for ONE DAY ONLY. That is all the room for worry the human brain can comfortably hold. We are told God’s grace is always sufficient for the day. He even knows the number of exact number of hairs on our head (which for some unfortunate souls have diminished to the “less than 100” range as evidenced by comb-over fashion futility). Yes, God dresses the lilies of the fields finer than kings and cares for the sparrow, how much more does he care about me?
If God’s promises are true for eternity, they are certainly true for today. But it takes FAITH, an earnest attempt at, not just reading or memorizes promises, but believing them to be true.
Having a crystal ball or magic time machine that could tell me what tomorrow will bring wouldn’t ultimately fix the circumstances that will invariably arise. But having faith in the God who holds tomorrow will at least help us get through.
SOME PERSPECTIVE ABOUT LIVING FOR TODAY:
Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream. Khalil Gibran
When Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow meet, only Today gets to shake hands twice. That makes Today twice as important as the other two. But it also means that Today must be careful, because who knows whether Yesterday or Tomorrow washed their hands after going to the bathroom.” Jarod Kintz