Have you made appointments for tomorrow or some other future date? Some of them you will keep and some will have to be rescheduled, because, well, you never know what will pop up in the meantime to interfere with “your” plans.
I was given a bracelet in 1966 that I could not part with because the emotional attachment I had with the object was cemented in my mind. Someone I loved had given me the silver-linked identification bracelet with the word “Domani” inscribed in block letters on the plate.
So many things seemed important back then. Frank Sinatra came out with song lyrics of a catchy tune that only made things harder. He sang “When you're in love domani never comes... Let's forget about domani, let's forget about domani, let's forget about domani for domani never comes.”
No words were ever truer... domani... “tomorrow” never comes. When it does come, it is no longer called tomorrow but it becomes today.
I kept my treasures of the heart, the bracelet, a scarf and the three letters I received from my love, hidden from the prying eyes of everyone including my husband. They were all I had left. It was true tomorrow never came. Every time I brought them to light the tears would flow, as they do now, to mourn a time when all I knew was today and tomorrow never came. I never made plans for tomorrow because I was all wrapped up in today.
Many years later when Christ became my guide and confidant, I began taking pleasure in the flowering of truth obtained through reading scripture and saw how the past had to be left go, no matter how unpleasant or painful. If tomorrow was to be the best it could be, well then, I had to rid myself of the things which kept me imprisoned in yesterday. They were to me childish things and they had to go.
The first of the mementos I left go were the letters. Flames licked them and curled them into ashes and they were gone. But I still had two things. How long after I don't recall, but the scarf also danced in the flames and bid a sorrowful goodbye.
All that remained was the bracelet.
Philippians 3:13-14 became like an unending alarm that I could not turn off.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
If the full bloom of my relationship with Jesus was to take place I had to let it all go, the bracelet along with the pain and unfulfilled desires. The emotional attachment they held over me was keeping me from realizing who God wanted me to be.
I love how The Message interprets this:
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
The bracelet left with the garbage, the last of my “secrets.” It never was much of one anyhow, at least not to God who is the reader of our hearts.
Suddenly, I was jarred into today and knew things were going to be different because my priorities and focus had changed, no longer upon something that could never be. I began putting the new chapters of my life into prospective by looking at what I could do today instead of what I might do tomorrow. One of the things I did begin to do however, was to keep a calendar of appointments, plans for my tomorrows.
The visits to the past began to fade with each passing day and now only when I don't dismiss them by telling the devil what he can do with the past, do I become melancholy. You see that is what he does. He waits around “seeking who he may devour” and when you let your guard down he pounces. Before you know it you're dragged into all of the misery that is long past and reliving it again. What we need is not more pills to help our depression but more understanding of how to defeat the enemy of our soul who wants us to think yesterday is more important than today.
Once I realized who I was in Christ Jesus, I no longer had to fear what tomorrow held for me. Other people can not dictate to me who I am and my past cannot keep me from walking into tomorrow, only I can.
Each day of our life is not forgetting about tomorrow, but looking forward to it. This is what happens when we take Jesus Christ into our heart and he shows us what true love is really like. He has given me nothing that I have to regret, to hide away or to dispose of later. No, his love beams brighter and brighter each day and as Lamentations 3:22-23 says, his mercies and compassions are new every morning, without fail.
Have you disposed of all of yesterday's trash, be it disappointment, unrequited love, job failure, wreaked marriage etc.? Let go of yesterday because it keeps piling up and stinks and follows you everywhere. Begin to live as God intended you to and don't forget there is a tomorrow, make plans by making Jesus first in your life and remember, your tomorrow starts with what you do today.