“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“While It Is Day”
(Please read John 9:3-5)
It’s fine, in many areas of life at least, to be deliberate about what we do, to think carefully before we act. But it’s easy to slip past the meditation stage to simple foot-dragging, which practically guarantees that the thing we’re thinking of doing either won’t be done or will be done hastily rather than well. And in connection with many of the good things that we could and should do, there isn’t a whole lot to meditate about — for example, when someone is hungry and we have food.
If a fellow Christian has a long stay in the hospital, and you keep thinking you’ll try to visit soon, you can feel almost noble about having such fine intentions. Then, when you find that the person has left the hospital and gone back to work, you can tell yourself that you would have visited this week for sure. Oh, if only our good intentions alone were effective in getting things done! Church buildings would be overcrowded, crime rates would be down, and children’s homes and mission works would be debt-free and looking to expand.
It’s foolish to presume that God will allow us enough tomorrows to accomplish what we know we need to be doing now. Jesus himself said, in our text, that he must do the works of his Father “while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (NKJ). For many of us the shadows are lengthening.
May the Lord help us remember the fragility of life and use each day as if it is the only day we have. It may be.