Today Matters…

Wednesday Wisdom 🙂


Inspiration this week comes from the book of Psalms 118:24 and 29

“This is the day the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

and

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.”


Monday we celebrated my favorite farmer’s birthday. That, along with several other things that God has recently put on my heart, reminded me of the need to realize that today matters. I have a bad habit of trying to “be ahead of the game” – of thinking and doing all of the things today that do not need to be thought about or done until tomorrow. I have a related but additional tendency of wanting to “fix” things. I habitually struggle to trust and have patience. This combines with my farming philosophy of never wanting to let my animals or those whom I care about down to create a desire to get ahead of where I am meant to be. In short, I am so focused on tomorrow that I miss out on today.

This is something that I have been very intentional in thinking about over the past several months. I’ve begun noticing the repetition in God’s Word that asks me to trust and be patient. I have heard the whisperings of the Holy Spirit reminding me that our God is a God of the present and that He loves me and is with me. Jesus reiterates over and over again to be patient, to not worry about tomorrow. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously and He will give you everything that you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Jesus’ words written in Matthew 6: 33-34) Sometimes, I just need to sit and let those words sink into my heart.

Henri Nouwen in his book Following Jesus defines patience as “remaining close to the moment to fully taste where you are so that the seeds that are sown in the moment can grow and lead you to the future.” Have you ever considered ripping a growing seed out of the ground in order to make sure that its roots are okay? That seems like a silly question, but when I examine my heart I see times when I do that very thing. Impatience gets the best of me, and instead of nurturing the soil and allowing the plant to grow, my worry over the future causes me to inappropriately interfere. I forget to trust in the promise of the Holy Spirit. I forget “God’s part, my part, others part” and figure that it’s just better to do it all myself. Nouwen asks an important question,

“What if the future is hidden in the present as a seed in fertile ground?”


The book of Psalms reminds us, “This is the day the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” It also reminds us that our God is a faithful God whose love endures forever. There is freedom to be found in rejoicing for today, in living for today, and in knowing that you are right where your loving God means for you to be. I am coming to realize that one of the biggest differences between earthly life and spiritual life is that when I trust that I am where God means for me to be, I don’t have to be anywhere else. I can be still, I can pray, I can be aware (in the moment) of God’s call to love those that He places right in front of me. Most importantly, I can trust that the same thing will happen tomorrow – and the next day – and the next day, until the day that God calls me home to heaven. There’s a lot to be grateful for in the midst of that promise.

It allows me to truly understand that “today matters”. Then, my life becomes less of a list of worries and boxes to check off and more of an opportunity to be present and share love with the gentle strength and confidence that comes from walking with Jesus.

 

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4 responses to “Today Matters…

  1. Becky

    Anne, I once heard a speaker say ‘live as though today were your last. It keeps us in the range of what’s important today. Love your writing.

    • Thank you, Becky! Yes, we are called to live for today 😊and there is freedom to be found in that. I hope that you are doing well. Good to hear from you!

      Best,
      Anne

  2. Roger Hunt

    I think a lot of us find it hard to live in the moment, I know I do. Another thing you shared that really resonated with me was the idea that I need to “fix” things. I have learned that “listening” is equally and most times more important.

    I have finished Nowen’s book. Actually I have read it twice and since it’s an e-book on my phone I have been reading some of my highlighted entries every day.

    Hope everyone is well! How are the girls doing?

    • Hi Roger!

      We are all doing well. Ashley Grace and Meg are settling into college and happy to be there. Meg has started track practice and classes are keeping both of them busy. Our house is a bit quiet, but they are where God means for them to be and we all see “rainbow” reminders of that each day 🙂 Karyn is doing well in high school — classes are good and we are having a great start to the cross country season. She ran a personal best last week at our season opener meet. It was a beautiful 65 degree morning for the runs. I am loving coaching, and am so thankful that God brings the kids into my life.

      The farm is good. I moved cattle off of grass last week. We had more flies than grass to eat, so it was time for them to move to the feedyard. I miss the daily chores of checking cattle but it is the season to pull off and let the land prepare for next year. Karyn and I are going to go “visit” the cattle at the feedyard hopefully this weekend. Matt has just finished 3rd cutting of alfalfa, and began cutting 4th yesterday. It is turning a bit dry but we have a chance of rain Monday night.

      I hope that you and your family are having an awesome start to September! Isn’t it interesting that things tend to be “fixed” as we simply love, listen and support? I’m still learning that 😉

      Take care,
      Anne

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