Amongst all my Christian books, no page thereof is dog-eared, except for one which contains the quote that has so often jolted me out of lethargy and monotony:
The important thing is to receive this moment’s experience with both hands. Don’t waste it. “Wherever you are, be all there,” Jim once wrote. “Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
I have a tendency to be future-oriented, and to wonder what the future will hold in store, but I have realised especially with recent experiences that the future is not in my hands. Tomorrow is God’s, and I shall leave tomorrow to Him.
It is Biblical, for Jesus said, ‘Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.‘ (Matthew 6:34) If I do not do the duties given to me this present day well, what makes me think I will do the duty of tomorrow well? It is just deceiving myself to think that I can perform a duty still yet in the future well when I persistently neglect today’s duty. The only real proof of one’s faithfulness is not in mere profession, but his or her actions now.
Joseph was appointed to God to high estate (as a governor of Egypt), only because he faithfully performed whatever he was given in the fear of God at that present moment. He wasn’t dreaming up something in idleness, but was working hard in Potiphar’s house and subsequently, in the prison.
This takes a long time to internalise. I can say for a fact it took me years to truly learn just this one lesson. But with it, comes tremendous freedom.
Freedom to serve God with what He has given me, and not worry about what I’ll be doing in the future –
Freedom to smile and laugh and trill merrily, because I am still a youthful girl and I needn’t act older than my age –
Freedom to receive the experiences Providence brings to me with both hands, as Jim Elliot said –
Whether it be going to work or
Playing with some lovely children.