There is something magical about yesterday. A singer reminds me the reason is simply that it is a story we are in where we know the ending, and we made it! Yesterday is safe, wonderful, and somehow a lot better now than it was then. The golden age of television really was not that great. The wonder time of rock and roll may have been special, but it came at an incredible price in human lives. I often find myself ignoring the pain, glossing over the difficulties and sitting in awe of the beauty. It is a great experience.
I am not the first one. From stories of old, where one woman struggled with the pain of being apparently barren, s writer looks back and waxes lyrically, “‘Sing, barren woman, who has never had a baby. Fill the air with song, you who've never experienced childbirth! You're ending up with far more children than all those childbearing women.” God says so!” (Isaiah 54.1) It is easy to say from the perspective of history!
Even today I listen to stories of recent times where I was present. In the best of moments the stories provide a fresh recount of a wonderful memory. Far more frequently, I find myself wondering if the story is one that I was a part of. I remember some of the pieces, yet there is much that is missing! Struggles are glossed over. Acts of selfishness are now painted with a brush of community. Motives and intent seem to morph with the passage of time. Even when I am the speaker, I am not sure I recognize all the characters.
I never want to forget yesterday, yet I do not want to live in it. The time to engage in serious living is the moment at hand. The opportunity to make a difference, experience everything life has to offer is now. The window to put yesterday’s experience into action is open. Everything is possible in the present.
Yesterday was wonderful. Today is an opportunity to be incredibly awesome, beautiful, and full of wonder.
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