One of the best sermons I ever heard was on the verse “This is the day that God has made…”
The person teaching about it talked about how we’re always looking for another day. It’s not this day, it’s another day. A day when will be old enough to go to High School, or get a driver’s license. Maybe we’re looking forward to graduating, or getting married, or seeing some sights, or having enough money in the bank. It’s always something else.
I came across a fantastic poem called “The Life of a Day” by Tom Hennen. The second half of it says:
… For some reason we like to see days pass, even though most of us claim we don’t want to reach our last one for a long time. We examine each day before us with barely a glance and say, no, this isn’t one I’ve been looking for, and wait in a bored sort of way for the next, when we are convinced, our lives will start for real. Meanwhile, this day is going by perfectly well-adjusted, as some days are, with the right amounts of sunlight and shade, and a light breeze scented with a perfume made from the mixture of fallen apples, corn stubble, dry oak leaves, and the faint odor of last night’s meandering skunk.
My favorite part is that line “We examine each day before us with barely a glance and say, no, this isn’t the one I’ve been looking for.” In a sense it’s the cliched theme: carpe diem! But isn’t it true that cliches become cliche because they ring true, we need to hear them over and over and over again in new and different ways?
Today my baby boy turned two years old. We taped three balloons to the ceiling and he stared at them with awe and wonder. He giggled at a helium balloon for five minutes as he batted it and let it float back to him. He enthusiastically tore off each sticker of a sheet of stickers and placed them all in the same spot on the page…. one giant stack of stickers. He had his favorite things for lunch: pizza and a banana. Then, for dessert, ice cream and his first taste of cotton candy. We put him down for a nap after all of this and he collapsed into a heap of exhaustion after five minutes. I can say that today, this day, this day is the one I’ve been looking for. Carpe diem. Sieze that day. Amen.