Some days we can hardly wait to be over. And this is particularly true during difficult seasons. We’re more than ready to put it all behind us and look forward to whatever is next. But we must also remember the value of each day and not always chase the next.
Of course there are many things we look forward to with eager anticipation. And no one likes lingering through hard seasons.
At the same time, our tendency to rush ahead can rob us of the fullness of what is today.
When we assume that whatever is next is always better we’re often left disappointed and unsatisfied. We don’t learn to value and appreciate what is, and even the process of transformation – the journey of becoming all that God has called us to be.
For instance, we’re likely missing the fullness of life today when we assume the next job, the next year, or the next relationship will finally bring us the desires of our heart.
It’s one thing not to grow complacent – to know more is available and to faithfully move toward this more. But always chasing the next can miss the refining work of today.
Today is part of our story and deserves its due honor however difficult.
This doesn’t mean we relish in it. In fact, it might still suck, and a lot of yelling, groaning, and weeping still takes place.
But we also trust it has value because God has allowed it to be part of our story.
And so inasmuch as we eagerly look for better to arrive, we accept and honor each day and each season God has given us.
It’s when we’re faithful with the fullness of today that we’re best prepared to receive the fullness of tomorrow.
God is here, now, in this moment. In all your eagerness for the next, don’t rush ahead and miss him.