Let’s see! What is on our calendar for the day? We are such a busy people that most of us will have a date book where we record what is supposed to happen on a certain day or else how would we possibly keep up with all the many activities that constantly fill our days? I have one, don’t you? Is there anything we could scratch off, there is so little time? Have you ever been through this procedure at the beginning of your day? Honestly?
It is true that the pace of life seems to be getting faster and faster and we often wonder how people in past times ever relaxed. One thing we can think of is the development of easier ways of doing things which has allowed us to add more things to our list. I wonder if we have simply gone too far. If you can picture yesterday in your mind you might recall the look of joy on a mother’s face as she whipped up a birthday cake for her young one; she’s even using a large wooden spoon. Now why would she have such a smile on her face; after all she could have done it quicker and maybe even better with today’s electric beater? Could it be that we have switched from the “why” to the “how”?
I challenge you to sit down, relax and recall to mind the times you have read of Jesus walking along with His disciples and leisurely sharing the things of His heart. Do you think if we had taken the time to do this that our children might understand better what the Father created us for; maybe it might even mean that our Creator would still be a welcome part of our days rather than a leftover for if we have the time.
Luke tells us of a day when Jesus was talking to the people as he entered Capernaum and a certain centurion’s servant was dying. The elders sent told Jesus that the centurion loved his nation and that he was deserving. Jesus went with them, but the centurion sent friends saying that he was not worthy for Jesus to enter under his roof, that if Jesus would simply say the word his servant would be healed. Jesus responded saying “I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel” (7:9). How is it that with the knowledge we have, we ourselves, as well as our children, do not have the proper understanding of the power of a moment; a moment looking beyond ourselves to the power of faith? What thrilling things could we accomplish “this day”?
It would seem to me that the basic problem we have is that we have forgotten that we were not created for ourselves and our own pleasures; we were created by a Father who truly did want us to enjoy His creation, but who meant it for the opportunity to serve one another. He wanted us to understand what love was all about in our own relationships so that we might begin to understand the love He has for us and His desire to be with us.
His Word tells us Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another…If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us (1st John 4:11-12). Friends, how is it that our days are so filled that we have forgotten why we were created? It has become so easy to put off until tomorrow any thing that we don’t know how to accomplish or don’t desire to do, but God has only one objective in His master plan. He wants His children to love one another and to enjoy His presence in His world; not tomorrow when things might be better, but today, right now, no matter what evil exists or where our thoughts are drawn. Can we start over and live in this day?
This is the day the Lord hath made,
He calls the hours His own;
Let heaven rejoice, let earth be glad
And praise surround the throne.