Dr. Jay Hodges
As I write this column today, it is only 49 degrees outside. This is the middle of May, and it ought not be that cool; it’s time for warmer temperatures every day. I am a warm weather person who really does not like being cold, yet right now my feet are cold and I can’t be outside enjoying being barefoot in the grass.
Almost everyone I talk to has commented on what a weird spring we have had this year. I have enjoyed the abundance of rain and hope that it will not just stop raining until August, but it sure has been a cool spring. Just about the time you think it will warm up, a cool snap happens again.
There is an old hymn that says, “When I can read my title clear to mansions in the sky, I’ll bid farewell to every fear and wipe my weeping eyes.”
The hymn was written in the 18th century when life was hard for everyone. People died from easily curable diseases, you had to work constantly so the family could survive, and catastrophe was always just around the corner.
“One day, though, I’ll be in heaven and can rest without worry or care.” Another way of saying it is, “This world is not my home.” Even the Bible has that idea in the 11th chapter of Hebrews where it says we are longing for that city built by God.
All of us live “in the meantime,” between health and sickness, busy-ness and idleness, happiness and sorrow. If everything is going well for us right now, we know that shortly something will happen and we’ll be in a mess of some kind. If we are feeling good today, we know that in just a matter of time we will be sick. “In the meantime” can be a bad place to get stuck.
The prophet Ezekiel went to the people in captivity in Babylon and said, “We are not home in this place; we have been taken from our homes and brought here to live. Until we can get back home, though, live life to the fullest. Give your sons and daughters in marriage, conduct your business as you would at home, and live as well as you can. This may be the only home you will know.”
That is such good advice, isn’t it? If we get stuck “in the meantime,” we will miss out on such wonderful joy that life can bring us. I had a friend who moved to Georgia from another state, and she was miserable here, wishing she could be back home. She did not realize how many people had come to love her and who enjoyed her presence. Life seemed OK, but she just wanted to be back home.
“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it,” is what the Bible says. When we realize that every day is a gift from God and every day has the potential for enjoyment of life, we can let things happen as they will and love it all.
Dr. Jay Hodges can be reached Jayhodges610@yahoo.com.