Saturday, October 2, 2010

you've been given today

When the same thing happens at the same time I tend to write it off as just a coincidence. I'm not one who sees a meaning or fate around every corner, but I don't ignore these "happenings" either. This morning I had one of those moments I couldn't let go of. I had to stop and ask myself, OK Lord what are you trying to tell me here. Todays daily reading from Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load was about living in the moment, not wishing life away. The author writes about how God provided bread for that day for the Hebrews who were wandering around in the dessert. If it wasn't eaten that day, it would spoil by the next. We are taught how to pray by asking to "give us this day our daily bread."
After reading that chapter I decided to open a new book my mom just gave me titled Cold Tangerines. What was her first chapter about? Living in the moment. Ha! She writes
I don't want to wait anymore. I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day. I choose to believe that there may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny shards of gold. The big moments are the daily, tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. That's the drama of life, swirling all around us, and generally I don't even see it, because I'm too busy waiting to become whatever it is I think I am about to become. The big moments are in every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting.

It's so easy to get caught up in where I want to be in life, what I want for my kids and my husband. I'm not asking for my daily bread, I'm too busy thinking about how and what will be provided in the future, when all I need is my daily nourishment because it will spoil by tomorrow and because today is all I have been given.
I chose this picture because when my sister came to visit she kept saying that Soren is just living in the moment. His world is all about right now. That is so true!! I think this picture (thank you dad) captures Soren truly living in the moment without a care in the world!

1 comment:

Elise said...

Why is it so hard to live in the moment? I struggle with it all the time too! Thanks for this encouragement. :) I love your blog.