It’s Three in the morning, and I can’t sleep, just another night in the life of an insomniac. One of the reasons, I think, I have a hard time getting to sleep and staying asleep is that my mind never seems to quiet down. I have found that my thoughts are louder at night than in the day. I suppose it is the result of the noisiness of the day versus the stillness of the night.
This night has brought to my mind the repeated refrain, “Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is yet to be, but today is now!” It’s a good thought, isn’t it – the idea of living in the now rather than yesterday which has past and tomorrow that has yet to come. So often, I’m guilty of allowing possibilities that are offered by today’s dawn, to be clouded by the successes or failures of my past, and the longings of some grand future.
The danger in living your today in the trappings of your yesterday, or in your yearning for tomorrow is that the blessings of your today go unnoticed and unfulfilled. Maybe you can identify with my frustration. I’m always telling myself, and perhaps you do as well, “One learns from the past and wisely plans for the future, but one must take hold of the now and drain it of all that it offers.”
As a pastor, I’ve often started the morning worship service by quoting Psalm 118: 24, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” I’ve never really noticed the last two words – in it. This may be no great revelation for you, but for me, it is significant. It is on this day, and at this moment that I will be glad and rejoice. The focus is not on yesterday or on what tomorrow might bring but on the possibilities of – Now!
So, my blueberry coffee is now ready, and a new day is dawning, and I declare that “This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” How about you?