“What day is it?” asked Pooh..
“It’s today” squeaked Piglet..
“My favourite day” said Pooh.
This dialog is taking place while plodding along through the thickly layered snow… If Eyeore was present during this particular moment, I could just imagine his pessimistic response with a drawl of depression. On the other hand, needless to say Tigger’s response would have been full of optimism and vigour, seeing the brightness in everything.
The moment I saw this image in my FB newsfeed, I couldn’t help but save it. Yes, it’s from a children’s story book, but I think it has so much of potential to challenge us and inspire us to have that child-like faith. Many of us would see snow and respond like Eyeore: “oh noooo…” while counting off all the negatives that snow brings along with it – layers of clothes to beat off the cold, shovelling of snow, the slipperiness and gloominess and …….. However, a child would respond like Tigger, with squeals and excitement wanting to roll in the snow and build up snowman and go for snow slides.
Despite the weather, Pooh says that “today” is my favourite day…. How many of us can sincerely say the same? On the other hand, how often do we look forward to the future – I wish it was Friday … I wish it was Christmas… I wish it was a public holiday… the wish list for days just grows doesn’t it? We also look forward to a different chapter of our lives – I wish I was single, I can’t wait till I get married, I wish I could change jobs, if only I was living in a different country, if only I had more money etc etc… How often are we able to be content and satisfied right where we are?
Yes, we need to have a vision… without a doubt that is necessary. However, when we look at Scriptures how often did the men and women of God see a vision and work towards it… plan out the details themselves? In every situation, until God led them to the next step they waited, continuing on in the situation where God had placed them. Joseph just went with the flow despite clearly knowing He was going to rule over his family – he obviously had no idea. Just imagine what would have gone on in your mind if you had seen such a glorious vision and then only to be sold as a slave, then as things were prospering at his hand at the very same place be falsely accused and thrown into jail? Is this how YOU would have prepared to see the vision God has placed in your heart be fulfilled? God didn’t need Joseph’s help to bring it to pass – instead He turned everything around and showed Himself in His glory. No one could take credit for the fulfillment although even the jealousy of the people involved was used to bring it all to pass!
Look at David’s life – being anointed to be king he entered the palace but in a position that was far from that of king. Would Saul have even dreamt that this young fine specimen of a man was going to take over? David even had to flee from the very place he was to rule over in time to come.
Mary wondered how she was going to conceive still being a virgin yet she surrendered to God “be it unto me”! What powerful words. We read in the Bible of people seeing visions and pondering on them and not sharing till the time comes. There are times when the vision is meant to be shared immediately.
Throughout the Bible we see the men and women of God going with the flow… without living in the future, in the fulfilment yet to come.. but rather in today. They didn’t make things happen but just blindly obeyed God in faith.. We are unable to have today as our favourite day as we aren’t content in just what goes on today!
There are about 203 references in the NIV Bible where the term TODAY is mentioned! Were you aware of that? God rained manna to the wandering Israelites but asked them to eat it “today” – they weren’t allowed to keep it for tomorrow! Why do you think that was? When God asks us to do something, it often involves faith…
Yesterday is a canceled check, and tomorrow is a promissory note.
But today is cash, ready for us to spend in living. – Barbara Johnson
We sometimes disobey what God is laying on our heart to use (time, money, food…) as we want to reserve what we have for tomorrow, to keep for a rainy day so to speak. Yes, it’s good to be wise but not at the cost of ignoring God’s voice for what He wants us to do with that specific resource. When the Israelites ignored God’s specific instructions to gather food only for “today”, whatever extra they gathered perished. Jesus teaches us to pray, “give us TODAY” our daily bread.
Today is an important time…. the focus on the now, not the what could haves’ or the what would be’s…
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today – Hebrews 3:13
How can we encourage one another if our hearts are weighed down? Paul was in prison mind you when he writes,
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God….. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. – Phillippians 4:6,12
If we truly trust in God, wouldn’t we be able to be content in every situation and thus be able to thank God for “TODAY”? God is not “I WAS” nor is He “I will be” but He is “I AM”. Can we place our trust in “I AM” and have faith that He has our life under control?
Today . . . that special block of time holding the key
that locks out yesterday’s nightmares and unlocks tomorrow’s dreams – Charles R. Swindoll
How nice it would be if we could have this attitude of Pooh? Yup.. it’s today.. it’s my favourite day.. How nice if we could be enthusiastic about “today” – It’s a tiggeriffic day!
So go and have yourselves a pouncy bouncy wonderful today!