Wishing away the days
When my eldest son was a baby I couldn't wait to see what he would be like at age one, when he reached one I was excited about the toddler years, once they arrived I wondered about age four and five. All this time wanting him to grow older I was missing the "now" and wishing for the future. With my second son, I was in no hurry for him to reach one, two or three. I was going to enjoy each precious moment as they came.
I know so many people who wish away the moment and say things like:
"I can't wait until I retire"
"I can't wait until my next holiday"
"I can't wait until my children leave home"
"I can't wait until I have won the lotto"
Often the retirement is four or five year away, the next holiday is in six months, children might not being leaving for many years and lotto may never be won. It would appear that man is not content with the now and believes that the future is going to be brighter. That retirement is going to bring relaxation, the ability to play golf everyday, coffee with girlfriends, more trips away. We do not know the future - in fact by the time retirement arrives one may be suffering poor health or have a partner in need of care. With dementia on the rise, who is to say how long one will "enjoy" retirement.
This may sound very gloomy, but if we do "wish away the days" thinking that our future is going to be better we may be surprised or very disappointed. Only God knows what lies ahead for . . . God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things (1 John 3:20) and we need to rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7). The Lord does not share our future with us, we could not cope with that sort of burden - He carries it for us and tells us to live for the day and He will worry about tomorrow. . . wait patiently. . . today may bring far more joy and pleasure than we expected, far more than that holiday we are so excited about in six months time.
What we may have planned for the future, that retirement or holiday may not be Gods plans and He will change it. He planned our lives long before we were born. His plans are always far better than ours even if we don't always understand (or agree) why He does things the way He does. His plans can include suffering and sadness, joy and laughter and no matter how rough the future is, He . . . will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Heb 13:5).
Plan for the future but remember to include God and accept when he decides to make changes! Remember He is in charge and not you or me!!