one day at a time

Posted: June 9th, 2012 | Filed under: life | Tags: , | 8 Comments »

Her alarm was set on early, but stress woke her up long before. She denied her consciousness for sixty-eight minutes, but her thoughts were too loud to ignore. Early risers are things she can’t control, insults she can’t return, and inevitable she can’t slow down. She prays to drown out their voices, though there’s no answer that she’s looking for. She’s the girl watching the sun rise through the slats of her wooden shades, wanting to be comforted.

She thinks, “I just have to make it through this summer.” But she doesn’t know that if she doesn’t find joy in the moments, she’s going to lose these months to a black abyss of  needless worry. “D-day” comes no matter what kind of days surround it. Stress and worry won’t make it less stressful, or give less cause for worry. Those who stress are on to nothing. There is no wisdom in fear.

Through the cracks, the sun asks her a question, “Did I not rise today?”

She has been given all that she needs for this one day. Looking at the looming months, this one day is hopeless. It’s worthless. It can be wasted without a single person knowing it’s gone. Looking at this one day by itself, however…it has worth. The sun came up. Today has hope.

“One day at a time…” is her mantra. She’ll do what she can with the one day she’s given.

“What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.”-Luke 12:29-32 MSG



8 Comments on “one day at a time”

  1. 1 eil1een said at 9:12 am on June 9th, 2012:

    "Through the cracks, the sun asks her a question, “Did I not rise today?” Looking at it right now! Beautiful post. I don't want to worry about tomorrow and miss the gift of today.

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  2. 2 serenawoods said at 10:17 am on June 9th, 2012:

    Thanks, Eilleen. 🙂 it's going to be a good day.

  3. 3 Cara @ WhimsySmitten said at 10:00 am on June 9th, 2012:

    "But she doesn’t know that if she doesn’t find joy in the moments, she’s going to lose these months to a black abyss of needless worry."

    I needed those words as so much hangs in the balance and I wait and fret and focus on all the wrong things and forget about the sunshine, the toddler toes, the jump ropes and strawberries, and real living, instead. Making a new choice, today. Thank you for words that always cut straight through and open dark places. You are a gift.

  4. 4 serenawoods said at 10:21 am on June 9th, 2012:

    "Toddler toes" almost made me cry. 🙂 I'm right there making a new choice today, too.

  5. 5 dawn said at 6:01 pm on June 10th, 2012:

    I really love your response Cara. Glad you shared it.

  6. 6 dawn said at 5:58 pm on June 10th, 2012:

    hum, or wow…I'm reading this thinking "how did this writer get into my head and bed room every morning. As I finish reading it it could be deja vu, or, maybe I'm not the only person that experiences life this way…good to know I'm not alone.

  7. 7 Matt Logan said at 8:02 pm on June 20th, 2012:

    Mmm so true.. there's a song that's always stuck by me with a chorus that says "your the hope of a new sunrise, breaking over our desperate lives". Reminds me a bit of what your talking about. We easily get caught up in our not understanding what's going on, but I think maybe that's the intent of it. If we understood everything, there'd be no need for faith, there'd be no growth, and there'd be no revelations… which are some of the greatest things we experience.

    When you look at the necessities for trust, there must be confusion and doubt; faith, there must be uncertainty; hope, there must despair. Reminds me of the words of Christ;

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    It's a simple surrender, daily.

  8. 8 serenawoods said at 4:39 pm on June 28th, 2012:

    I like it, Matt. Thanks. 🙂

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