My heart has been heavy lately. I have found myself in a prayer fog for so many who are suffering. But, even in the midst of the fog, I have clearly seen God working. One of the things I am learning from the fog is that God is above it and sees right through it. He is trustworthy because to Him there is no fog. He sees the big picture.
I am beginning to see that today is the only thing that really matters. How we spend our time, how we react to our time and how we see God in the moment. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow and we are not to dwell in the past. So, that only leaves us with today.
Today is a beautiful concept. Taking life one day at a time and savoring all that it brings. For some, today is an enemy. There are times we just want to get it over with as quickly as possible. Pain and sorrow have a way of squeezing all the joy out of today.
Yet, even in the midst of trials, today can still offer hope. The spiritual definition of joy is in essence learning to be content in the now. It won’t always mean fun and laughter, but a calm sense of hope and a peace that passes all understanding.
One way to learn to accept today as it comes is to thank God for whatever you are facing right now. There is a verse in I Thessalonians 5:16-18,
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I don’t know about you, but that is pretty emphatic language. Paul is speaking here and his circumstances were not always ideal, just like ours. Sometimes life is hard.
Sometimes some of us see no end to our situations. Sometimes it is necessary for us to learn to deal with a new normal. Yet, Paul’s message is the same for us today as it was when he wrote it to the Thessalonians.
Rejoice, rejoice today, rejoice always.
Pray, pray today, pray continually.
Give thanks, give thanks today, give thanks in all circumstances, all circumstances.
Why? Because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
What does this have to do with my current situation?
Since Jesus walked this earth and could do this, especially under all the circumstances He found Himself in, certainly we can do the same.
So, thank God for today. Live in today. Thank God for all the circumstances of today. What you will eventually see happening is that God’s got today, no surprises. You will find that today is not as scary as you thought, simply because you see Him in your today.
I love the verse of a current contemporary Christian song by Casting Crowns called, Oh My Soul.
“There’s a place where fear has to face the God we know.”
The perspective here is that we are not alone and it isn’t us who needs to worry, instead our fears need to be shaking in their boots for having to face God!
Whatever you are facing today, know God’s got this today.
Live in today and thank God for your today!