Life is for living! I think we can all agree to that statement. But often we spend our whole lives planning and living in the future and all too often we miss the present, which is truly a gift from God. Of course, we should be wise and put some plans in place to deal with the future should we get there. Remember the Bible makes it very clear that we do not know what tomorrow will bring.
Proverbs 27:1 (KJV)
Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth (You should not boast of tomorrow, for you do not know what the day may bring.)
The following scripture is saying exactly the same thing but it explains a little further and tells us how to deal with uncertainty of it:
James 4:13-15 (KJV)
Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
The scripture tells how we are constantly making the big plans to go away for a period of time and live life according to our desires. It continues to tell us how fragile life really is, by describing it as a ‘vapour,’ here only for a short time and then vanishes away. And finally, a most important message we should take away from this and use from this moment on. When making the big elaborate plans for the future, do it with the knowledge of how fragile life really is and with respect to the Lord for blessing us with it in the first place. Confirm that all the plans you are making, you make if the Lord will it and if you live to see the future. A wise person will always acknowledge the fact that so many things can happen from one minute to the next and ask the Lord for His blessings for the future.
How often do people plan an evening out to relax and enjoy time with family and friends and in a second their lives are gone, because someone decided to take their own life and as many others as they can at the same time. How often do people plan the journey of a life time and set out never to reach their destination. How often are we in great health one minute and the next minute a pain appears from nowhere followed by devastating news from the doctor. That is how fragile life is. It really is like ‘vapour’ and can be snuffed out in a second; so every second is precious.
By living in the future we so often miss the present. Sometimes we are blessed with many things happening in the present and before we even begin to appreciate them, we start to worry about what if… what if it doesn’t work out, what if I can’t afford it, what if they don’t like me… what if??? That is the future which is not yet yours, so why worry about it. By stressing about the future which we have no control over, we cannot appreciate the present which we are living in.
So distant, exciting, the unknowing
Uncertainty, hope, anticipation growing
Thoughts, plans, meticulous preparation
Ever striving, for that unknown culmination
Of promises not yet realised
But ever alert, remaining poised
Ready for all that it brings
That future for which your heart sings.
Patience, endurance must ensue
As your past resurges on the you it once knew
Desiring, vying for full restoration
Not to be outdone by present dedication
What is to be is not what has gone
For the present too will not be outshone
I’m the here and now it boldly affirms
The past is no more but for the future you yearn.
Time passes slowly it would seem
And the future, determined to be seen
Arrives fresh as a flower in bloom
Then gone again all too soon
For the present, must have sped ahead
Waiting to greet me instead
Future eludes me but it’s now apparent
The moment it arrives it becomes the present.
Plan for the future, but it will never be yours
Its furtive promise continuously allures
The present you have but try to ignore
With sight firmly set on what lays before
The fluid and seamless movement of time
Passes with future to present and past entwined
The wise will use the time at hand
For tomorrow is promised to no man!