As this current year continues to move forward I have always been of the opinion that each of us will take some time to reflect back over the year that is winding down.
All of us have said and thought at one time, how time does fly. It seems like the months pass by so quickly that before you know it one season has given way to another.
Like most of us I can recall as a child how it seemed like time dragged on forever. It felt like one day would take a week to complete. But now as an adult like everyone else I am finding that the days go by much quicker, sometimes to the point where it seems that I’m not able to get everything done that I was planning to.
More and more as the year does come to a close I find myself looking back at what has happened in my life during the year. Like all of us this concluding year has seen its share of ups and downs. There have been those peak days when I found myself thinking, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Those days if I were to have my way would last forever. But of course there were those days when it seemed that everything was falling apart. Nothing that I tried made them any better. Yes those days could not end fast enough.
To this end I have been given thought to three separate things. Three separate things that still none the less are interlinked together. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
Yesterday. All of our yesterdays are of course a part of our past. They continue to grow one after the other. For some of us those yesterdays have reached a total that seems almost impossible to remember. They are an eclectic mix of experiences that have shaped and defined us to be who and what we are today.
In our Christian walk with the Lord there is in my opinion an importance in looking back. Looking back each of us can recall those times when it seemed that all was lost. Those times I sure left us thinking that there would be no way that we would make it to the next day.
With the opportunity to look back we can see that yes we made it through. But as well it is not by chance that we did make it through. It wasn’t us by ourselves or those that we know that helped us through. It was the Lord who was not only with us, but more often than not carried us through. How often can each of us attest to the essence of the poem Footprints in the Sand. So many times it has been the Lord who carried us through those days when it was truly a journey through the valleys.
Our yesterdays serve as a purpose to not only reflect back but as well provides God with his moment to bring back to our remembrance just who he is and what his promise is to us. Isaiah 41:10 stands as our in case we forgot. “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am you God; I will strengthen you, I will help, I will uphold you with my right hand. “
Today. Wherever we are on this very day it represents the fact that we have made it this far. I am always reminded of that gospel song that states that we’ve come this far by faith, trusting and leaning on the Lord. The essence of our today is confirmation of the presence of God in lives.
With the arrival of today comes a charge. A charge that we as the body of Christ are called to fulfill. We are positioned to share with those whom we come in contact with the goodness of God. We can share with people the life experiences that we have gone through and how God was with us every step of the way.
Our today as we pause to look around us finds so much in a constant state of flux. Change that is swirling around us to the point where it leaves many unsure and certainly with a growing level of fear. Change that if we are honest it is more and more not for the better.
But in spite of the uncertainty that today may present as Christians we are to remain strong in our faith that just as God has done in our yesterdays, he will do so for our today. For it from our yesterdays that we draw from a well of confidence that our today will find us with a sense of assurance that everything is going to be alright.
Tomorrow. As sure as we have our yesterdays and our today we will have tomorrow as well. All of may have a basic idea of what tomorrow will bring. Those ideas are for the most part rooted in our daily routine. Routines that can lull us into thinking that each day will be the same.
But for each of us we are a witness to the fact that truly no one can say what tomorrow will bring. There is in a sense a misty cloud shrouding the next day that leaves us with an undercurrent of anticipation. It is easy to be given to the temptation of feeling anxious and as well worrying about tomorrow.
During those moments when we may feel anxiety and worry building up in our minds, we need only to turn to scripture to bring us back to an even keel.
Matthew 6: 34 calls for us to not be anxious about tomorrow. For tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Nothing that we stress about will change anything. Tomorrow will arrive and unfold accordingly.
Each of our tomorrows is beyond our control. Each and every tomorrow is surely going to come. And with all of our tomorrows and with all that they will bring, as Christians we need only to pause and remember who holds tomorrow in the palm of his hand. As God has done before he will do again. He alone is in control of tomorrow. Proverbs 3:5-6 calls on us to trust in the Lord all of our hearts, and lean not to our on understanding.
Yesterday Today and Tomorrow. Uniquely different yet intertwined together. Each a precious part of our lives that serve as affirmation God’s presence and promise to always be with us.