Don’t ask, “Why were things better in the old days than they are now?” It isn’t wisdom that leads you to ask this!…13 Consider what God has done! Who can straighten what God has bent? Ecclesiastes 7:10,13 GOD’s Word Translation
For many Christians, Easter Sunday was a first in a lifetime experience of doing without. Even though many church services were posted on FB or Youtube, there was not the social gathering at the church building with beautiful dresses, hats and children dressed up. Missing was the exuberant congregational singing of the familiar hymns and choruses with the people and the choir. Corporate communion was missed as well as the altar call and personal ministry time. Yet, Jesus was proclaimed.
The Blessing of Joy of the present day
Solomon encourages us to not look back, but continue moving forward. This can be very heart wrenching for those who are sentimental about the past and disturbing for those who like structure and controlling environments. We are comfortable with our past and unsure of our future. Solomon states that wisdom keeps us moving forward, starting with today.
From a natural perspective this makes a lot of sense that we look forward and not back. Our eyes are forward facing. Our natural walk is to move forward with each step taking us into our future. All of our features are facing forward including the bent of our ears to catch most of the sound coming toward us from the front. We show love and acceptance with an embrace and a kiss. We were created to move forward.
The blessing of the present day starts with acknowledging God’s guidance. This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. God is fully present with you in your “now” moment and is fully in control of the future events of “this day”. Whether it is green pastures, still waters, valleys or tables of your enemies, God is with you and has already gone before you.
The blessing of the present day is journeying with God. You will have conversations and interactions with people today that are God ordained. You may pass by a hurt and beaten man on the side of the road, a man curiously sitting in a tree observing, an opportunity to feed those who are hungry, listen to a new teaching to awaken your spirit, confront unforgiveness in your heart, digest spiritual manna from God’s word, and pray words of life for another person. The adventure and joy of following the Holy Spirit is incredibly satisfying and rewarding.
The blessing of the day touches your heart with peace in the middle of your storms. Peace from God is present when you have to write out your bills, accomplish some overdue deadlines, struggle to repair your vehicle, walk through divorce, face terminal sickness, and take another step into an unbearable future. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever, is present in “this day” of trouble. His peace is tangible in the “now” moment of your day.
For the Christian, “normalcy” is a thing in our past. God allows us to be comforted with routines that are familiar and good for us. However, He shakes things up to move our complacency into dependency. Give us this day our daily bread, is to be repeated every day. He is our daily provider even when our days are so different. Today, keep moving forward.
May you be blessed with the joy of TODAY!
Blessings Love y’all