On Sunday morning as I was walking into the church building I stopped to look around me. It was a beautiful fall morning and I wanted to soak it in. Then yesterday I found myself doing the same thing. It wasn’t something I decided to do, but the beauty of the morning just captured my attention. In those moments God’s creation was pointing me to his glory.
But I also had another thought. In just a few short weeks all the beauty of fall will be replaced with the starkness of winter. My mind wanted to go down that road until I made the decision to pull myself back into the moment and enjoy it for what it was. Then I went about my day.
Later that morning I mentioned to someone at church what a beautiful fall morning it was. He looked at me and smiled and said, “Yes, but winter is coming.” I nodded in agreement and went back to work, but I couldn’t stop thinking about that comment. Then it occurred to me: Fall reminds me to live for today.
Fall is beautiful – cool, crisp days, changing color and the unique cast of the sunlight. But how often have I found myself thinking and heard from others that winter is coming. Now I’m not naïve and make no mistake about it – winter is coming! But it hasn’t come yet. So why not enjoy fall today instead of fretting over the winter tomorrow?
In Matthew 6:34 the Lord Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” How true this is! In context Jesus told his disciples not to worry about the material things in life like what they would eat or drink or wear. Instead of worry we must “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you” (Matthew 6:33). Then Jesus says, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
How often are we leaping ahead to tomorrow’s troubles instead of concentrating on today’s challenges? Perhaps worse yet, how often are we focused on tomorrow’s troubles instead of enjoying the gifts and blessings God has given us today?
Make no mistake about it there is always some challenge or trouble lying before us. But Jesus tells us to take life one day at a time dealing with each day’s problems and enjoying each day’s gifts. Without a doubt winter is coming. But it isn’t winter yet. Let’s just enjoy the gift of fall today.
(Written by Pastor Scott Eaton)