A few days ago, a young lady I know said she wishes she had been born in the flapper days.
While I prefer to let people think what they will, I had to point out a few harsh realities which probably made me sound like my dad saying, “When I was a kid, we had to walk up hill to school and back, four miles, in the snow, barefoot, using an old feed sack for a coat.”
So, at the risk of sounding like my dad, “I remember the day we got our first air conditioner and I will tell you this, it was amazing!”
I went on to tell about the struggles to cool off in the summer, laying at the wrong end of the bed with my head practically out the window waiting for a cool breeze that never seemed to come.
I really prefer indoor plumbing and not having to trudge through snow and rain to use the bathroom.
I think she finally decided she just liked the clothes and fashion and didn’t care for those days at all.
Just this morning I got lost in thinking that I really wish it was July in Wyoming and I was standing in a river outside of Yellowstone with a huge, mean cutthroat trout pulling line off my reel.
I wonder how many people I encounter every day that have checked out from this life and are mentally engaged in a life that could never be or at least won’t be for quite some time.
The future and the past are nice places to visit but I’ve finally decided I don’t want to live there.
Today, I have to wander out this door, get in my truck and live it. I’d really hate to miss a chance to make it memorable by pining for what was or dreaming of what could be. I’m afraid that I would be deeply disturbed if I could see the pile of opportunities that I have passed by pursuing things that are dead or figments of my imagination.
Deuteronomy 30:15 “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. 16 For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.”
Hebrews 3:7 That is why the Holy Spirit says,
“Today when you hear his voice,
8 don’t harden your hearts
as Israel did when they rebelled,
when they tested me in the wilderness.
It is really easy about this time of year to focus completely on the holiday that is coming. There are things to prepare and things to do, shopping and cooking and a long, list of other things to get ready for a day that has yet to come. But at the end of this day, what will I have done “today” when I heard his voice?
Will I have allowed my regrets from the past or fantasies of the future to harden my heart to today? It is a privilege and an honor to hear from God. But I am afraid that far too often, I don’t listen “today”. I expect something tomorrow in a land far, far away after I become a Jedi or something. But he’s here today. He has plans for today and I need to hear them.