This is the Day
When I was just a little girl, my family vacationed a few times on the north shore of Lake Superior with my grandparents. Oh how I loved my Grandpa! We had such fun together, whether at home, or on vacation. But vacation was special. During the long car ride to the lake I loved leaning on his shoulder listening to his voice vibrating through his bones as I drifted in and out of sleep. I loved the way he smelled on vacation—a special mix of aftershave and sunscreen. And I loved the binoculars that hung around his neck. Grandpa loved the shore—the lake, the wildlife and the huge barges, and loved to use his binoculars to experience it more closely.
I was fascinated by those binoculars, and Grandpa was happy to help me use them. But, being as young as I was, I usually couldn’t quite get the hang of using them properly. I could never seem to get them pointed in quite the right direction, or get them focused clearly. Sometimes I’d even end up trying to look through the wrong end. Other times, I’d try to focus on something that was entirely too close at hand for binoculars to be able to bring in to focus—I would have done better just using my un-aided eyes.
What we want to look at in nature determines whether we should try using a microscope, a magnifying glass, binoculars, a telescope, or just our own eyes. It all depends on what we want to look at, where the object is, and what degree of detail we want to see. The point is, we’ve got to look at the right thing, in the right way, or it will be out of focus.
The same is true in life. Sometimes we have a tendency to look at the wrong thing, or to have the wrong focus. It’s easy to fall into the trap of looking either to the past to such a degree that we are crippled and unable to move on, or looking so intently to the future that the present may be lost.
As homeschoolers it’s so easy to get our focus on some time “out there”. Some hazy distant day when things will be different. When we’ll be able to manage something better. When we’ll have more money. When we’ll have more time. When the toddler is a bit older. When the teenager settles down. When, when, when…
It is all too easy to pine away for better days ahead and miss out on the days we’re living right now. Definitely, we need to look to the past—to learn from it (not to dwell in past victories or failures), and we need to look to the future with proper Godly vision…but, we also need to look at TODAY so we can be used now by God for His purposes for today! Psalms 118:24 says “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
So, go ahead and use binoculars to peer at the past, and a telescope to look ahead to the future, but be sure to really look at today, while it is still today! Today we need to live, love, serve and praise the Lord. It is, after all, the day the Lord hath made, and He has a special purpose for it!
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