I’ll be back to Psalm 119 on the day after tomorrow. I can’t wait, I’m eager to meet that old friend again. I’m looking forward to savouring it so much I found myself rushing over today’s (and tomorrow’s) Psalm which is , of course, 118.
Isn’t that life? We have something exciting, or dreaded, coming up and spend our time looking forward with eagerness or dread and miss today.
Twice a verse from Elizabeth Barrett Browning came up in things I read today:
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes—
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
from Aurora Leigh
Rush, rush, rush especially at this time as we start (well I begin to think about starting, I know there are ‘those’ people who are deep into their preparation and celebration) to look towards Christmas. But what might I miss when I am constantly looking forward?
I’m not talking about having my eyes fixed on Jesus. In fact, when my eyes are fixed there I see things much better. There’s a clarity I gain that enables me to stop and smell the roses, to stop and savour the moment and see what’s around me. See who is around me that needs a smile, a word, a prayer, a helping hand and see who is offering those things to me.
It allows me to experience right here and now the words of Psalm 118 that I almost skipped over to get through today and tomorrow:
Give thanks to the Eternal because He is always good.
He never ceases to be loving and kind.
Always. Today, This morning. This hour. This minute. This second. This moment. To be able to not waste this moment worrying or anticipating a moment that’s not even guaranteed.
Never ceasing so I don’t have to rush on because something better is coming. There is nothing better that being aware that He is always good and unceasingly loving and kind. That means RIGHT NOW is enough for right now.
Stop. Savour. Appreciate. Thank. Wisdom I need to appropriate.