THIS PAGE CALLED TODAY
‘Aunty, can I have a book to read this weekend?’ asked Muyiwa.
‘Sure’, I crooned. Excited to share my world with this young lad, I handed him a copy of Famous Five by Enid Blyton. I loved her books as a child, I was sure he would love them too.
‘I’m done, Miss’
Raised eyebrow,I ask ‘You are WHAT?’
‘Yes, MISS!!!’ I can hear his silent ‘duhhhhhhhhhhhhh’
‘How? Are you such a fast reader? Didn’t you attend classes?’
My young lad looks at me like I’m the dumbest thing he has laid his eyes on this year.
Shaking his head he says ‘Miss, I read the first two chapters and got the whole theme of the story, then I skipped to the last two chapters and saw how the book ended.’
He literally says ‘duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh’
I am librarian. I know books, love books, live books, eat books…my whole life is centered on BOOKS.
My work also brings me in contact with people who also love books, are trying to love books, hate books but are trying to be around them for certain reasons and just want to be in the library for the sake of ‘being there’. I have also come to understand the taste and habits of some of my library’s users. But what I still can’t understand is how one can cultivate the very bad habit of skipping to the last pages of a book to see how it ends. A terribly annoying habit. The height of impatience, right?
But aren’t we all impatient? Sometimes, like Muyiwa, we try to skip ahead in our own lives and figure out what to do months and even years from now instead of embracing each day as God intended.
We try to jump ahead and solve every considerable problem before it happens. I have learnt however, that life doesn’t work that way. God loves to surprise us and we never know what new problem or opportunity each new day will bring.
So, relax darlings, slow down and find his love and joy in each day. Live one day at a time. Have faith in God to help you write your life, line by line and moment by moment. My God ALWAYS writes a PERFECT STORY. Afterall, He is a PERFECT GOD.
Turn the book of your life back to the right page and thank God for today.
Posted on February 4, 2014, in Dear Jesus and tagged Embracing God, God's perfect story, One day at a time, Trusting God. Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.
Wow, well done Dumebi… I have been reading but not commented yet… Subscribed to your blog from the first so I get all the email notifications as soon as a post goes live…
Excellent piece… Love the title and the end- last line…
Peace and love of Jesus Christ.
Wow!!Lord help me to be patient and wait for you at the right page of my life. This struck me. Dums God bless you!
Aunty Ezar,thank u 4 ur posts dat hv helped me 2 overcome d boredom of unemployment.They thrill nd educate me.The comments are Christian nd mature,…not abusive as we see in some blogs.Thanks 4 alerting us on some issues of life dat we intend 2 overlook.I never imagined dat my Father in Heaven was writing d book of my life,wit me as d only contributor.Having ignored His Lordship,i believe He is still at d ‘introduction’ of d Book of my life,wen he is supposed 2 b writing one of d Chapters.While i ask 4 His grace 2 catch up,i must leave d fast lane of life nd totally co-operate wit Him,2 write d remaining chapters of my life b/4 sunset.I guess i am accountable 4 every ‘TODAY’.
Dear Jesus,as i live TODAY,may i give You at least a tithe of my time.Anything less will b a wasted TODAY.Help me Lord!
My sister,u are right!A wasted time is a wasted life.Yes,a wasted life is a life lived only for d enemy called SELF.Self must b killed for me 2 have my book as one of d best sellers in Heaven,nd for my Father 2 proudly declare,This is my beloved son in whom i am well pleased!SELF MUST DIE AND BE BURIED for a glorious eternity in His Presence.
We live in a world of ‘instant’,forgetting dat d kingdom of God is about’process’.Every ‘today’is part of dat process.U cannot have a tomorrow without today,just as u cannot hv a chapter 2 of a book without a chapter one.Our tomorrow is d product of our TODAY.Let the 365 TODAY’s of year 2014 count for d Author of our Life!
True talk babe
If we all slowed down a bit, we would discover the many gifts on that page called today…
Ha, alas we now know one of Dumebi’s secrets: the library! Lol
It’s not our fault- it ain’t the young lad’s fault either. We aren’t taught to savor our meals, to appreciate the taste of each bite. Any attempt at doing so will earn you the whip and occasional “Eat your food on time jor! Normal people have finished eating.” I know because it’s happened to me before.
There are so many discoveries to be made in life if only we get off the fast lane.
Hmmmmmmm, true talk o. Na God go help us
Hmmmmmmm, true talk, na God go help us
Hmmm it is well
It’s MIDNIGHT!!! TODAY begins,nd time is ticking away…seconds…..minutes……hours….nd d pen in d unseen hand of d ready Writer 2 is waiting to write ur life.What would u want Him 2 write?By d end of TODAY,will He be pleased wit what He wrote?Let ur story be HIS-STORY(HISTORY)to b retold.
My Wonderful Father,I believe it will be a wonderful experience 2 begin TODAY with you at d midnight hour(dat begins a new day)……midnight prayer!It might not b easy 4 me,but it is d best time 2 acknowlege You 4 a fruitful day ordered by You alone.Just tried it now nd i am ready 4 TODAY nd all dat it may throw at me.I hv a very big God dat is by my side…i need not fear!
The Message…”Give ur entire attention 2 what God is doing RIGHT NOW,nd don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.God will help u deal with whatever hard things dat come up when the time comes.(Matthew 6:34).
Ouchhhh…..my thot are not in proper alignment with my today.It is drifting away to 2015 wen i hv just begun 2014.Ehhhhhhh,….am i not in a big fix? By faith i capture every loose thought and emotion and impulse and make them obedient 2 Christ(2 Corinth 10:3-5).Lord,help me 2 fix my thoughts 2 b ur thoughts,Amen.
With every step i falter in my daily walk wit my Lord! Lord,pls draw me so close 2 You so dat i can walk in your footsteps 4 a well-scripted and Spirit-directed today.
What is d time now?It is past noon in Nigeria(12:25).My half ‘today’ is gone?How did i spend it?Was it wasted,gratifying my flesh?Did i impact my sphere of influence 4 the Lord?Yes, i will be held accountable 4 my TODAY whether i like it or not.
Lost in my thots abt my wkend engagements,i threw away my recharge card into d thrash bin without using it.But i noticed it stubborningly flew away frm d bin.When eventually i returned 2 d realm of Today,it dawned on me dat my card was in d bin.The stubborn paper dat flew away was my card afterall.The beauty of this testimony is dat d Lord was in charge of my Today,having prayed in d morning,committing my Today into His hand.B/c of dat,He followed my thots,nd my steps,nd my hand,to blow the card away frm filth,knowing dat i will b back soon.I hv learnt today dat wen i am lost in my thots abt 2moro,i lose precious time nd whatever i was 2 do on page Today at dat particular time.For d page called Today,there is a right time 4 every activity in its programme.Key into Today’s timing.There is a time for everything under Heaven!
I am about 2 retire 4 Today.I have taken stock nd discovered dat d mundane things of life took d most part of my Today.I couldnt even tithe my time(2hour:40mins),out of 24hrs of Today! Mercy,shame on you.May our merciful God hv mercy on you.Gracious Lord,give me d grace 2 enable me set my affections on heavenly things nd not on earthly things(Colossians 3:1,2).
Goodnight my Lord.Let my sleeping moments count for You,nd give me a better 2moro dat will be my ‘TODAY’ by d time i wake up.
Since i woke up 2 begin Today,I am training my mind 2 stay on the Lord.I am enjoying d peace dat it brings,confirming d scripture…”Thou wilt keep him in perfect,whose mind is stayed on Thee:b/c he trusteth in Thee(Isa.26:3).
I must be a big fool 2 live my life pursuing d shadow called TOMORROW,nd at d same time ignoring d reality called TODAY….d latter i hv,but d former i do not.Why spend my energy on what is not mine?Therefore,Rita,do not worry about tomorrow,for tomorrow will worry about itself.Each day has enough trouble of its own.
TODAY is a wise man’s day while TOMORROW is a fool’s day.Be wise!!!
I appreciate the reminder to trust….and enjoy the page called today. His plans are afterall ultimately GOOD!
Well Said Ezzy…Nice Work..