Here it is, another day, twenty-four blissful hours to be filled up in any way you choose. Will you be running to get things done, slowing your pace, listening to your heart? You can turn around and look back at yesterday, but the moments are passed. All you can do now is retrieve the memories or objects that mattered and hold them in your hand, carry them with you and move on. You can look ahead to tomorrow, but you have to pass through now to get there. In fact, this golden hour won’t come back again.
Though you might not knowingly or consciously squander the hours of the day, you realize that time is fleeting and before you know it you’ve passed another milestone, or reached another birthday or pushed on into a new decade. You can’t really hold on to time but you can be more strategic.
One strategy is actually a matter of faith. Whether we really acknowledge it or not, it takes faith to move forward. In faith we try again. In faith we let go of things that don’t serve us well any more. Giving up old thinking is just as important as embracing new thinking. We become new because each day brings the opportunity for an “aha” moment, an orchestrated event of faith.
I think the story of Esther from the Old Testament is a good example. Because the Queen who came before her didn’t want to show up as eye candy at the King’s call, she was deposed and a new Queen was chosen. The opportunity went to a young girl named Esther who happened to be in the right place at the right time to save her people from harm. A number of seeming coincidences brought the story together, but from this side of a telescopic lens it appears that God managed to manipulate the whole thing. He didn’t come in parting any seas, or stopping the sun in its tracks. He just made sure somebody with a sense of faith was there to get the job done. He had his peeps and Esther was one of them.
I like the story because I like to think that I am one of those peeps too, that when it comes to faithing my life out, I do it knowing that somewhere along the way, things are being worked together for my good. At least that’s what it says in Romans and I still believe that. When I look out at the world and see the upheaval here and there, the uncertain economy, and wonder just where it’s safe to actually land, I come to only one conclusion. I’m right where I should be. I’m right where I need to be for now. It will change. It always changes, but that’s all right. The truth is that my dance card is full because I am moving forward in faith, with faith, with full awareness that I’m not stepping out there all alone.
I like to hold on to that consciousness. I like to trust that with every sunrise, there’s a reason to smile. “This is the day the Lord has made. We will be rejoice and be glad in it.” The Psalmist got it right. Let’s hope we do too.
Have a great day!