So last night, I saw a fun summertime movie, Midnight in Paris. In it, Gil, played by Owen Wilson, is a struggling writer searching for inspiration and vision to finish his latest manuscript about a man who longs for the past. While wandering the streets of Paris, Gil longs to go back to what he considers the “golden age” —Paris in the twenties, where literary and artistic legends like Fitzgerald, Picasso, and Hemingway all descended upon the City of Lights. Does he get his wish? You’ll have to see it to find out!
I left the film thinking a lot about how easy it is to dream of the past, or as Gil did, long of a different era all together. Or, if we’re not longing to go back, we deeply desire to go forward and blink away the present. Rare are the times when we’re content to live fully in the day we’ve been given. If I’m not dreaming my college years back one day, I’m longing for the house, white picket fence, and 2.5 kids the next. Why is it so hard to embrace our now?
One problem I see with being stuck in the past or the future, is that we miss out on what God has for us in the present. When we’re focused on praying for eyes to see God, it’s amazing how many different ways—big and small—He shows up. No matter what day of the week it is, I don’t want to miss Him.
So, today, I’m simply asking for this day. Just as Jesus taught us to pray, “give us today our daily bread.” (Mat. 6:11) And rather on focusing on what I miss, or what I long for, I’m thanking God for THIS day.
let us rejoice and be glad in it.”