What significant days we are living in. We really do feel some this sense of something fresh over 2021. Do you? Even if there is also pure exhaustion towards the end of this yesr with a sense of barely surviving, can I encourage you to pause and breathe in hope?
The daughters of Z came forward (broke rank) and then there would have been that terrifying moment, where possibly minutes felt like hours ,where they had to stand amongst people in a place they were not meant to be. They had picked their TIME and now it was the PRESENT DAY OPPORTUNITY.
I don't even know how long then it took Moses to get an answer from God, but all I know is that that understood the power of ‘their day’ in history. However I also believe each day can offer us similar, ‘game-changing’ moments that impact upon our inheritance.
I love the thought of what can happen in a moment or a day.
“Taking your children to school and kissing your wife goodbye
Eating lunch with a friend, trying to do a decent days work . Hearing the rain patter against the window. There is no event so commonplace but that God is present within it, always hiddenly, always leaving room for us to recognize Him or not to recognize Him, but all the more so fascinatingly because of all that, all the more compellingly and hauntingly. If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I believe – it would be listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and the pain of it, no less than in the excitement and the gladness of it : touch taste smell your way to the holy and the hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and life itself grace”
Every day matters. Every moment matters. We all have the same hours in our day
I am challenging myself through these 40 days to live boldly in those things that seem, in the grand scheme of life, like it doesn't matter. But I so deeply believe that it does! I think living out our inheritance is as simple as living out our days.
John ODonohue says ‘all that is eternal in me welcomes the wonder of this day’ and asks some questions for the end of our day:
What dreams did i create last night?
Where did my eyes linger today
Where was i blind?
What did i learn today?
What new thoughts visited me?
What differences did i notice in those closest to me?
What did i begin today that might endure?
How were my conversations?
Where did i allow myself to receive love?
Where could i have risked doing something different?
With whom today did i feel most myself?
What reached me today? How deep did it imprint?
Who saw me today?
What did i avoid today?
From the evidence - WHY WAS I GIVEN TODAY?
Bless this space between us
It is my prayer that on in this adventure we are a little less focused, only, on what is coming ‘one day’ and more aware of what we already have ‘today’. That is the power of gratitude and reflection isn’t it?