Don’t always be asking, “Where are the good old days?” Wise folks don’t ask questions like that. Ecclesiastes 7:10
I love when a tiny scripture rises up, shakes its fist and demands to be noticed. That’s what this one did to me. It’s so simple, but it just struck me how easy it is to get caught living somewhere other than today. It happens without even realizing it. For instance, our country is stuck right now in an endless cycle of constantly re-hashing how much gas used to cost, how much our homes used to be worth, how much we used to save at the grocery store and how easy it used to be to get a job. And it’s funny, because I don’t remember thinking of 2006 as a time of roaring prosperity. We just lived it then, and probably even complained about it, but we long for it now.
So, I was thinking: what about today? Is it as bad as we think? I mean, because really: if I believe that everything I have comes from Him, then I have to really BELIEVE it…all the time. That means that the $2 I paid for gas two years ago came from God. He was able to provide that for me out of His good treasure and that same God can also handle the $4. Or the $5. Or the unthinkable (which used to be $4!) Sometimes it feels almost wise to worry…but this scripture says “Nope. It’s wise to rest and enjoy the day.”
I don’t want to channel energy into wishing for the good old days. I want to seize this day and this moment and every opportunity to find Him faithful and strong and good. Because I’m ultimately convinced that this season of economic challenge is wildly outside the realm of my control, and yet still fits easily in the palm of His hand. And isn’t that just about the best news ever?