Yesterday we talked a little bit about living for THIS day as opposed to longing for the past or dreaming of the future. Yesterday I realized another thing about living for THIS day. When you totally mess it up, THIS day eventually becomes a thing of the past and there’s always tomorrow. That’s right Annie fans of the world, “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow”. Or as you Anne of Green Gables fans know from Miss Stacey, “tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”
And so, while yesterday morning when I wrote Long to Love, I was charged up and ready to pray and ask God for THIS day, by 7:00 in the evening, I was ready to call it a day.
I pretty much let all of my surrounding circumstances get the best of me—my 85 degree office; the not one, not two, but THREE traffic jams on the way home; being forced to run into and out of the grocery store in a torrential downpour in one of my favorite work dresses…nothing seemed to be going my way.
I’m sorry to report that I let all of these superficial things get the best of me and let’s just say I wasn’t very pleasant and I was not thinking about THIS day. As we were getting ready to eat dinner, I totally snapped at my sweet husband and I got the question loathed by all women: “What is wrong with you? Are you PMSing?”
If there are any male readers out there let me help you out and tell you that that is NEVER the right question. If you’re right, you’re in trouble, and if you’re wrong (as was the case last night) you’re in even more trouble. Do yourself a favor and avoid those three little letters at all costs.
So what’s my point? I guess sometimes, even with the best of intentions, we fall short. No matter who we are, or how holy we try to appear, we’re sinful. We may have different ways our sin is manifested—I’m sure none of you let a little traffic and a some rain turn you into the wicked witch of the west—but like it or not, we all have it. That’s the bad news.
The good news? Our God, so rich is He in mercy, loves us anyways, in spite of our sin. Even when we try, fail, and completely fall on our faces, He picks us up, He forgives us, and He gives us more grace.
Want some more good news? Even when THIS day doesn’t end the way we had hoped, there is always tomorrow. And with every tomorrow, comes new mercy and love.