Is life a series of countdowns?

Time. We don’t have enough of it. We don’t use it wisely. And before we know it time flies by. At least that is how it feels to me.

The Question

So I ask you, is life a series of countdowns? Are we too busy looking to the future to be in the now? I know, it’s heavy stuff. (I hope you’ve had your caffeine today). I was thinking about this when my husband and I were talking about the future of our children this week. We all think about these things, right?

That’s not to say we shouldn’t dream or have goals, I am just suggesting that we shouldn’t just be working towards those goals and dreams but also living in the here and now. Do we spend more time worrying and planning our future for God (do we take over) than we spend living in the place God has brought us to in life?

My Countdowns

Growing up I had countdowns for everything starting when I understood how to count down days. And I do mean everything: birthdays, camps, the end of every school year, the day I got my license, graduation day, leaving for college, wedding day, the due date of a baby, etc. You get the idea, right?

Why in childhood are we always counting down to the next big thing? Why are children in a hurry to grow up?

I was pretty proficient at these countdowns. Now looking back I wish I would have slowed down and enjoyed where God had brought me to in life in these moments. I was in such a hurry I didn’t see all the good and wonderful things. I was in such a hurry that I didn’t see how He provided or got me through the valley and over mountains.

I didn’t understand back in my childhood and even sometimes now that God didn’t need me to organize my life for Him. God has it handled. God doesn’t work on our timing.

Did you catch that? God doesn’t work on our timing. He has the master pocket watch in His hands.

“God is never late.” ~ Rev. Travis Edwards

I don’t know about you, but I need to focus more on the now and let God handle what’s to come. I worry about the what-ifs for my children more than I rejoice to where God has brought my children to in their short little lives. I need to praise, laugh, and play more with my kiddos than I worry about them. Are you with me on this? Have you been there?

I know it’s a bit long but take a look at the scripture.

The Scripture

“Therefore, I say to you, take no thought about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they do not sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they? 27 Who among you by taking thought can add a cubit[a] to his stature?

28 “Why take thought about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: They neither work, nor do they spin. 29 Yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 30 Therefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is here and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore, take no thought, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 (For the Gentiles seek after all these things.) For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you. 34 Therefore, take no thought about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take thought about the things of itself. Sufficient to the day is the trouble thereof.” ~ Mathew 6:25-34

Live for today. Be in the moment. Cherish today. Remember, we are not promised tomorrow. That brings a question to mind.

Why do we worry about a day we are not promised?

“This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24