Have you ever felt your life was just falling through your fingers like sand? I remember hearing Doug Oldham using his booming voice years ago to hammer that truth into my heart, when he sang “We have this Moment Today.”
I'm afraid I'm guilty of stopping-up the holes in the dike of life. It's impossible to take care of every break in the wall at one time. And yet we try even when there are more holes than fingers and toes can possibly plug. We can't contain all of life's problems in our hands at one time. The good news is we were never meant to.
Our attempt to somehow manage all of the problems of life that crop up in one day and remain sane is an unrealistic picture. It's like holding sand in your hands, most of it falls through because we have cracks between our fingers. Sometimes it may only be a grain or two that falls, other times it's as if we have lost all control and we are left holding only a few grains.
I can look down at times and see all the parts and pieces of what I was unable to hold onto. That's what happens when we try to control circumstances of not only our problems but everyone's as well, all while trying to stick to a time clock of how it should all play out in a perfect world. That's the problem isn't it? We don't live in a perfect world and no matter how tightly we hold our fingers together we will continue to drop something.
When you cup your hands under a waterfall to stop it, how much do you end up with; a few teaspoons at most. Our hands were not made to hold back all the waterfall can produce. Life is no different. We need to break it down into manageable increments of what we can or should do for ourselves and let the rest in the capable hands of the Lord.
Here are the lyrics of the chorus from “We Have This Moment Today.”
We have this moment to hold in our hands
And to touch as it slips
Through our fingers like sand
And tomorrow may never come
But we have this moment today.
Isaiah spoke of all the bricks falling down and how we try to rebuild with distressed stones. Later in chapter 40 he writes, “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?” verse 12, NIV.
Has your life seemed to crumble and everything you touch falls apart? Could it be that like me, you try your best to make all things right? It's so overwhelming. But when I read the word of God and see how senseless it is for me to even think I can get everything in line... I find I'm lying to myself.
We all need God. From the person who has never had any interest in him, to the one who sits in the pew/chair every Sunday morning. God said he has a plan for us. Have we wandered down the wrong road long enough to see that it doesn't have to be much to be better than where we are now?
Sooner or later that dike I mentioned is going to spring another leek and when it does what's you plan? While my way of doing things seems right to me, God's way will be the right way and the only way I know what it is... is to stay in constant communication with him.
Some folks have drug, drinking, intellectual, pride or finical barricades built to keep God out. The secret to all of those things not being the issue anymore, is to let God in. Let the dike break and wash over you and cause the desert places of your life to blossom into new life, eternal life. To many try to juggle it all. It's about letting go and letting God have control.
He warns us about worry and even tells us it is a sin just like all those other “issues.” That's heavy, because it is so easy to do.
Yesterday is gone... nothing we can do about it. Tomorrow isn't here yet, nothing we can do about that. Today as God said, is the day of salvation. We can find that favor in the Lord today. 2 Corinthians 6:2 That is, if we still aren't trying to stick our finger in the dike, trying to catch a waterfall or hold the Sarah Desert in our hands. An hour glass is a good place for sand. Its flow is controlled and you can be in charge. Trust in the Lord to handle life one day at a time.
Under the circumstances of life is not where God wants you or I. Take the words of the song and capture the moment. If you haven't asked Jesus to come into your life, do it now. If you are an “in charge” person, ask God's forgiveness and allow his direction to be your guide. Jesus Christ frees you up for those moments in life that really matter and prepares you for eternity.