Today, I did not have to hurry. What a gift it was. To have a day when nothing pressed in, scolding me, to “Do this now.”
And I thought of a charming, tiny wall plaque, formerly hanging in my mother-in-law’s sewing room. It now hangs on the wall adjacent to my kitchen sink. It’s always an attitude adjuster when I pause to ponder it:
“Today is the time to be happy.”
The simple pleasure it illustrates lightens my heart – a child splashing along a beach – and its words sum up the Psalmist’s command:
“This is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm118:24)
Present tense, noted; as well as the bible’s definition of happy – blessed, fortunate – See the Beatitudes.
Studying this little memento reminds me of what the Lord said in a sermon that Matthew heard:
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:31-34)
Or, even more simply: Everyday is a gift that is why we call it the present.