“Exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today…” (Hebrews 3:13)
This morning my daily devotions took me to chapter 3 of Hebrews. In verse 7 the Holy Spirit admonishes me to “listen to his voice.” Not only am I compelled to listen but I am urged to do it now…right away…in this very moment.
Listen to the urgency… “Today you must listen to his voice.”
As I read, I wondered…. “Why the urgency?” … and I came to a few conclusions.
First, none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. We live in the moment, and even that may be snatched away without warning.
Second, as human creatures we are prone procrastinate. James, the brother of Jesus, writes, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” When we are young we tend to believe we have all the time in the world, and then one day, as a fifty-plus year old we scratch our heads and say, “Where the hell did it go…”
Third, I wonder, if… perhaps…His message for me today will be somehow different from his message of tomorrow. If so…and I fail to hear it…then it is lost to me, forever.
I believe God tries to say “I love you,” MANY times a day. I don’t know about you, but I love hearing the different ways he expresses his love. Maybe it’s in a kitten’s purr, a gentle breeze, the flutter of a dragonfly, a bluebird’s serenade, or even co-mingled within a good cup of coffee.
Jesus and I have this thing between us…and it goes something like this:
“Whenever the dragonfly’s path crosses my way… Tis but Jesus saying… “I love you, today.”
You’d be surprised how many times I see them ….even during the winter months! When I do, I can’t help but smile and say, “I love you, too.”
The idea for today’s post came from, Seize The Day, found in Our Daily Bread Devotional Journal, and also from today’s daily prompt, infect. When I saw the word infect, immediately my mind thought, cancer.
Vernon C. Grounds opens Seize The Day with a paragraph about Jim Valvano, and it is that paragraph I leave for you in closing…
“Before entering the broadcasting field, Jim Valvano led the North Carolina State University basketball team to a national championship. Then cancer developed in his lower back. Invited to address the Duke University squad, Jim had this to say:
“Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment, and make the most of it.”