Wednesday, March 21, 2007

24

I've been wanting to blog this for several weeks - but things kept getting in the way. Namely other pursuits and children (and often -- other pursuits of children).
24. Not the TV show.
I'm talking the amount of time in a day.I'm talking TODAY.
And since I started this entry some time ago - I'm not talking about that today -- I'm talking about TODAY. Confused, yet?
Let me back up my story just a bit and explain. The week I started this entry -- I had quite the week. It was pitiful. I was pitiful. I was endeavoring to do too many little things - and not enough of the important ones. I find myself - really and truly - opting for the easy way out. The easy road in many cases. (This I'll probably blog about later) I'm just being brutally honest here. I'm that way in person (at least for the most part) so why not in print, too.
The week hadn't gone well. Homeschooling hadn't gone well. The kids were sick with ear infections (at least I think this was the week...it was around this time, anyway, that that all happened)I didn't want to go to church - but my honey sent me. Because he knew I needed it and I'm so glad I went.
They had a "guest" speaker... one of their counsellors.
He talked about 24 hours. 1 Day. "Only Today"
He said that he wanted to talk about "today" but couldn't really find any references in the Bible to "Today". So he started looking in Scripture for Yesterday and tomorrow.
Matthew 6:34 says: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Isaiah 43: 18-19 says: "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
The Pastor maintains that: if we're not to worry about tomorrow and not to dwell in the past (yesterday) what's left?? TODAY!
Now I'm trying to type and remember from my notes: He asked a very pointed question that I have written down here: "Do we believe the scriptures or do we consider them convenient?"
What if we only had today?
"This is the day that the Lord has made -- I will rejoice (in the Lord) and be glad in it (and Him)"
He gave a list of things that people could do -- Today.
(and some I wrote down for me - You'll see which ones are mine.)
Can you love your husband - Today?
Can you love your wife -- Today?
Can you put the flesh under - Today?
Can you meditate on God's words - Today?
Today I take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ...
Today I relish the kids..
I can Home school the kids -Today!!
Be Kind - Today!
Don't Give up -- Today!
Prefer others over yourself - Today!
Let no corrupt thing come out of my mouth - Today! (This was his idea. It's a biggie, though)
He took the congregation to Exodus 8:8-10
"Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said "Pray to the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offered sacrifices to the Lord." Moses said to Pharaoh, "I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.""Tomorrow," Pharaoh said.Moses replied, "It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God."
Moses gave Pharaoh the choice of when to get rid of the frogs. Pharaoh chose "Tomorrow".
Can you imagine??
All those frogs.
God Said in the beginning of the chapter, the frogs would be EVERYWHERE and ON everyone - in their beds - in their homes -- ICK!! I say again - ICK!!
And I want to just look at Pharaoh and say "Come ON - Tomorrow?!"
Let me ask you - If you have frogs - wouldn't you want to get rid of them TODAY?!
He (the speaker) maintained that we all have "Frogs" we don't want to deal with..
frogs that we're holding on to.
2 Cor 6:2 says "NOW is the time of healing - NOW is the day of deliverance"
Choose NOW
Because - it will be as you say.Whoa!!
I'm a big believer in the power of words - but that really hit me. It still does now.
It will be as I say! I don't want frogs around tomorrow - I want them gone today!
I don't want to enjoy my kids tomorrow - I want to enjoy them today!!
It will be as I say.

I left church that day very encouraged...
it feels like I have a new tool in my belt.

TODAY -- I can rejoice!
And
It will be as I say!!

3 comments:

Halfmoon Girl said...

Thanks for sharing that message. That totally sums up how I think God wants us to live- in the present. I was happy to have you visit my new blog- I can relate to some of your posts and had a good chuckle!

ThoughtfulMom said...

Thank you for the word-in-due-season, my friend!

TODAY, I must school my kid, load my dishwasher, and get all of us out of here on some errands. I can worry about the other stuff later. :)

I'm with you about Pharoah - I bet his wife had something to say about those frogs after she found out that they were there for another 24 hours all because of Pharoah's decision to keep them. And yet, how many nasty things have I chosen to keep for one more day when they could just be gone immediately if I let God do His work? Silly people, we are.

Cristina said...

I try to be present minded. Near-death experiences will do that to you. ;o) I find if I allow myself, I can easily fall into the what-if scenario, rehashing the past. Reminding myself that there is no what if, only what is, helps keep me grounded. Also recognizing what I can do right now rather than leaving those frogs for tomorrow.
Which means I better get cracking on my grocery list!
Peace and Laughter,
Cristina