Friday, August 29, 2008

be glad in it

Psalm 118:24
"This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it."

In the last 3 days my world has been turned upside down. I have been challenged in my faith, mind-set, goals, hopes and i hiked Smith Rocks, which is a whole different kind of challenge. =)
Over and over in our christian lives we are taught that the Jeremiah 29:11 life is for us... and i totally believe it is. I stand on that promise that God does have a plan for me and a Hope and Future are mine, but sometimes I get so caught up in that hope and future i forget to live today. Maybe it's just me, but i get too caught up in my dreams, visions and goals that i don't live my moments well. The last three days feel like 3 years, and at the same time 3 seconds. Because i am a photographer i capture things in my head as visual images, right now i head is FULL of beautiful-scary moments from the last three days.... On Tuesday of this week i decided to take a risk. On Wednesday i hiked Smith Rocks. On Thursday i decided that instead of being scared of my risks and falling off rocks, i was going to REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!

I know i sang the song a million times in Sunday school and Christian preschool. I also know that i have forgotten and taken for grated that verse and the song. Each day is a gift, each breath is a piece of tape holding that gift together, each giggle is a ribbon, each terrifying moment brings you closer to understanding that gift. Sometimes i forget that. Sometimes i want to rush through the gift and get to the other side. Sometimes i want the puzzle to just be done already! I want to live my gifts well. I want to walk them wisely. I want to get to the dream God has for me, but i also want to enjoy the unwrapping the present. I want to embrace the sunsets, and city lights from the top of Pilot Butte. I want to slow down and rejoice in it. I want to sing the song over and over and over.

I believe that as i walk, not run, but as i walk through each day and as i pray my way through the challenges God's dream and my dream will unfold. I'm sure it will be different than i imagine, it wouldn't be amazing if i had it all figured out. And so, i breath in deeply. I watch the stars, i take some risks because;

This is the day
this is the day,
that the Lord has made
that the Lord has made,
i will rejoice
i will rejoice,
and be glad in it
and be glad in it,
This is the day that the Lord has made i will rejoice and be glad in it.
this is the day
this is the day
that the Lord


Anonymous said...

u r truly amazing. I dont know how u write some of this absolutely amazing stuff!!! Love you!!!!!

Jami Janelle said...

you so encouraged me today! love ya!

Katherine Laine said...

I was just chatting with Jami about this. We were talking about how we'd live so much for the moment if we had the disguised blessing of knowing we were dying soon. We would still have hope in our future, but we would live for today!

Vicky said...

I somehow missed this post and only just read it on your myspace bulletin. Thank you so much for the reminder... I'm trying to figure some things out as well, and it's sometimes hard to remember that each day is a gift that I should be rejoicing in.

Jenna said...

Mmm, enjoying the day...and that's it. Delicious. Absolutely delicious. Well done friend. I am so proud to know you and walk these days with you.