Rejoicing in the moment

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice therein. There is no moment like this one; no day like today. Carpe Diem, meaning Harvesting, or Gathering, the Day, has become a household phrase. It is interesting to note that the meaning is widely accepted to mean: Seize the Moment. And that is so true. Can you picture yourself picking strawberries, gently enfolding each one in your hand to check its ripeness, and delicately yet firmly picking it from its stem?

That’s the ideal picture of how you and I ought to grab onto moments each day. Wouldn’t it be great if we could grasp each moment, turn it around in our minds and consider whether it’s O.K. to let go of it, or to really delve into it?

There are too many moments that are squandered, regretted and missed. An opportunity can be missed in one moment’s hesitation. Are you taking the time to enjoy the nice things that happen around you, being thankful for all your blessings, and appreciating this very moment, even if it’s not so perfect in your eyes?

David declared in the midst of his troubles: “this is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps. 118: 24) He didn’t even speak just for himself, he included his whole household and all those with him. He made a declaration. God had given him victory over another day. Therefore, we all will rejoice!

It’s sometimes hard to start the day even with a glimpse of a smile on your face. All you can think of is problems and how to try and solve them. However, here you are. Another day is here. It’s fresh, ready for a new start. His mercies are new every morning, and they’re just waiting for you to embrace them!

What a privilege it is to start every morning with a sincere thank-you to the Lord, for giving you this new day! When you greet the new day with a happy “Good morning, Lord, what are we going to do today?” You will notice that when you include Him, praising and asking for His Wisdom to guide you through that day, your troubles will fade away.

Somehow you discover that there is more quality time to share with others, you’re at peace, and consequently more apt to see the beauty in your surroundings. You may even find yourself stopping to smell a rose or cheerfully waving to the elderly lady across the street. You will develop a zest for life, looking forward to what the day will bring, and discovering purpose in so many moments in the day.

Every moment is precious. Wouldn’t it be great if you could treat each one as a gift from God, forgetting the rush, deadlines and chaos surrounding your life. Let go of all the missed and messed up moments. They’re gone; there’s nothing you can do about them now. Look expectantly to the new ones so as not to miss out on something great that’s about to happen.

“As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flouresheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of God is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children.”

Life is a race made up of many tiny moment-steps. If you determine to plant each step on the Rock, He will direct the moments of your life. Go on, ask Him to forgive all the mis-steps and then leave them, where He puts them, in the sea of forgetfulness. Go forward with fervor, endeavouring to make the best of each moment today.