A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
Proverbs 17:24 NIV
The burdens of a day can be quick to overwhelm and slow to resolve. In my life, I cope by remembering where I’m going. With my destination in mind, I am able to put life in perspective. Each day becomes a step toward an anticipated “someday”.
Regrettably, from time to time, I look up and my eyes are stuck in the future. Being present is shoved aside in exchange for the idea that getting there, wherever it is, will solve the problem. My answer for today is seated in tomorrow. Nevertheless, considering I am neither all-knowing nor in control of the future, tomorrow might as well be two steps off the edge of the earth.
Though today may be an important step toward my goal, the only guarantee I have is the present moment. For such limited time, I spend much of it looking toward a moment that has yet to be given. I lose sight of wisdom because I am convinced that this instant, right now, where I am fully alive, couldn’t be as good as what I have planned.
Facing a theoretical future, away from the wisdom that only God can provide, I look to a tomorrow ruled by my own will. I face a time that is bound by my plans and my power. I limit myself to a life incomparable to the plans of the Father. A life that dulls in comparison to His will. Seeing this truth, I relinquish my unsteady grasp on control. Only God knows what the future holds, and only with our eyes on Him and His wisdom can we experience a life sanctified.
Lord, only You know the future. When we fixate on tomorrow, open our eyes to the blessings every day holds. Help us appreciate the day we have been given and trust your wisdom for times ahead. Amen.
How have you learned to savor your days?
Can you recall a time where your personal goals changed as you followed God’s wisdom and path for you?
Kendra is a wife, mother of one, and a reader of any book placed in her hands. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, she never thought she would follow that path. Twenty years and one Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies later, she’s accepted and embraced that God has bigger and better plans. As Kendra transitioned from full-time career to stay-at-home mom, God rekindled a love of writing that has renewed a drive and purpose for which she was desperately searching. In her writings, she hopes to encourage all of those who feel like they have no idea what they are doing.