“What day is it?” Pooh Bear asked
“It’s Today”, said Christopher Robin
“Ah,” said Pooh gratefully. “My favorite day! Yesterday, when it was Tomorrow, it was too much day for me.”
I love this. I’ve been saying it to myself a lot. Because coronavirus or not, quarantine or “normal”, all we really have is today.
And though tomorrow can feel daunting, boring, scary, uncertain – when it becomes today, God makes a way. That’s His promise – let’s choose to really believe it. “ Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,” Jesus says… “for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
Jesus knows our limitations – He is actively protecting us from carrying more than we can handle.
So let’s make today our favorite! And let tomorrow worry about itself – my God is already there, and I can trust Him
I didn’t know 14 years ago, when I started this habit, how much it would impact the rest of my life. And today I needed this reminder, cuz truth is, it’s been a rough week … I don’t need to go into details because I suspect you’ve been through it on some level yourself.
Here’s the story: when my daughter was little, I would start each day by announcing “this is the day the Lord has made! Let us REJOICE and be glad in it!!” I would take her little baby arms and wave them in the air. As she grew, it led to full body happy dances as we would rejoice in our day.
One sad day, my little 1 1/2 year old munchkin was quite sick – she spent the day laying on me and being miserable. Near the end of the day, speaking mostly to myself, I said, “well, sweetheart. It’s been a rough day. But it’s STILL the day the Lord has made…” and with all the strength her little spirit could muster, she lifted up her arms and waved them slowly in the air. I get teary remembering that moment even now, because that simple act reminds me on a daily basis that we can rejoice even when our arms are too tired to lift.
When our spirit feels depleted and we have nothing left. We rejoice with what we have, and Almighty God will pour in what we need for the next step. Thank you, Charissa, for this beautiful lesson – I needed it today, 13 years later. My friend, in this place we are all in, this is my prayer for you this week: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
“She did what she could” … these words stopped me in my tracks.
I had just been talking with a friend and expressed that I feel so small in the middle of all of this. I see an entire world being shaken – I see people searching for answers, and I want to hold my Jesus up high in all His beauty, in all His peace, in all His promises and assurances of refuge. But here I sit in my little backyard, and it’s easy to feel insignificant.
Then I read the story of Mary pouring the best that she had on Jesus in the days before His death, and my breath caught in my throat – because when others mocked and derided Mary for her extravagant act of love, Jesus defended her with these very words – “she did what she could”. (Mark 14:8) This brought it all home for me.
What do we do when the need feels overwhelming? When we feel so helpless? When we just want to crawl back under the covers and hide? We do what we can. We find the beauty we have to offer and we pour it out for Jesus. Today, that looks like making a corner of my house a little more beautiful with a little paint and extra fabric I had in my basement, putting all the good stuff on my kid’s waffles, laughing loudly at a silly joke my son just told me, and delighting in the ridiculous incongruity of this clumsy bumblebee in the bushes in front of my house. And writing these words.
I will reach out to some friends later this afternoon and make sure they’re doing ok. I will pray for my friend’s husband who is in critical condition right now. And maybe tonight when the sun is setting, I will light a fire and make s’mores before the rain comes in.
Let’s live these days with open hearts and let God be more real than He has ever been, my friends!