This past Saturday I wrote a little item about a thought I once had, a strange little thought about Today and Tomorrow. I’ve been thinking more about it, and I’m about to conclude that “Tomorrow” is probably a sort of philosophical illusion.
Maybe. I think. Well, it could be possible; I’ll let you know.
It haunts me sometimes.
Well not really, but sort of…
See what I mean? This stuff is confusing!
Six years ago, I had an extended stay at a dear friend’s house while travelling from out of town. One fine Saturday, they had an overnight visit from a second-grade granddaughter. She was (and is) a very bright young lady, and so full of energy. She overheard me talking to my friend about this burning issue, and she jumped into the conversation and we debated it for quite some time. She was absolutely certain that I was wrong when I said that tomorrow never comes because it’s always “Today”. If I’m honest, she became more and more frustrated with me… which was great fun, but I realized that if I didn’t do or say something pretty quick, she’d cross the line and get into trouble with her grandparents. Of course, I didn’t want to get her in trouble, so I cut our debate short by saying that I would prove it to her in the morning.
When Sunday morning came, we adults were sitting at the kitchen table with our coffee when she came into the room half awake. I said, “Good morning, how are you today?”
“Fine I guess” was her groggy reply, and we all started to chuckle.
She was suddenly awake, “No! That’s not right, you cheated!” That’s when it really sank in for me that Tomorrow is an illusion, maybe even a fraud, because every 24 hours someone seems to move the goal post.
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
We came across this verse recently in our Hebrews study, along with this one:
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
It was “Today” when Hebrews and all of the rest of the Scriptures were written, and as I write this little piece, it is still called “Today”. The written Word of God is still living and active in our lives, its teaching and wisdom remain untarnished and undimmed through the ages, and why should that surprise anyone in the know- after all, they were written “Today”.
Of course, we can always decide to put off things like encouraging one another until tomorrow, but “Tomorrow” still hasn’t come along.
Am I crazy? Maybe, but I (seriously) think it’s something for us to seriously think about.
Maybe I’ll post more on this topic tomorrow!