These days seem to be marked with struggles to live in the present. As our oldest recently left for college, there were so many moments when I found my mind drifting back to the past. Moments of her learning to walk, teaching her to read just before bed as we poured over Charlotte’s Web, and watching her grow into the young adult that she is today.
As farmers, we find ourselves spending a whole lot of time in the future. Our lives seem to always revolve around preparing for the next season. As summer is drawing to a close, we are hauling and chopping wood for the wood stove. The finishing touches are being placed on canning vegetables from the garden. Animals are being butchered to fill the freezer and today we are rendering lard that will be frozen and used throughout the winter. I see Gary with that faraway look as he calculates the amount of hay we will need, checks the weather forecast, and ponders how much is already stored up. Fuel cans are being filled to be sure that the generator can keep the milking equipment running through any power outages.
The challenge is however that God asks us simply to live in the moment and to trust Him. How easy it is to find ourselves filled with regrets over how things might have been done differently in the past. How tempting to worry over what is to come. God’s grace is new each day, but like the manna provided to the Israelites in the desert it is only fitting for the day that it is given. His mercies will be new tomorrow to meet the needs of that day.
So as we prepare for what is to come- both the expected and unexpected – let us remember that God is in today and simply asks us to worship and serve Him in this moment.