Posted by: Jo | June 16, 2017

Content With Today

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

(Psalm 118: 24)

Content01I have a dear friend with whom I walk with each week and as we live in such a beautiful part of the world, our walks take us through spectacular displays pf God’s majesty in creation. One of our favourite walks, is along the sea wall which is boarded with stately trees. After one of these walks my friend wrote a beautiful poem about the contentment she felt the trees were exhibiting, which really intrigued me and made me realise that the glory of the Lord is proclaimed though nature and what we humans can learn from this.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” (Psalm 19: 1 – 2)

Morning Glory

Champagne sunshine bubbling though a canopy of variegated green

Stately trees silhouetted against a sapphire sky

Taking their place in history.

Quiet nature content with today

Letting the ebb and flow of existence

Tell the story.

Happy and sad but unaffected by emotion

Accepting the inevitable rhythm

Of life.

– Anonymous (My Friend)

After reading this poem, I too saw the contentment of the trees, accepting their Creator’s complete control of their lives. They weren’t wasting time worrying about how many leaves they were able to produce, yesterday. They weren’t concerned that perhaps a big wind storm might occur tomorrow. They knew they were part of the incredible plan of life and they were content to accept the day planned by their Creator.

What a wonderful lesson for us to learn! We could save ourselves so much useless heartache and worry if we adopted that attitude, recognising that we are not in control, being willing to trust the Lord with our lives, being willing to be content with today and when we do that, the Lord blesses us

“The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content untouched by trouble.” (Proverbs 19: 23)

Content02When we look at the apostle Paul’s life it certainly does not look like he sailed through without any trouble, but his attitude is an amazing example for us to contemplate and try to follow if we wish to obtain the contentment Scripture refers to.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12 – 13)

 

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  1. Your friends words – quiet nature content with today – are so meaningful Jo. We are enjoying calm autumn days and many of the trees in parks and gardens are changing colour – silently reflecting God’s plan unfolding in nature. As you say, it brings us contentment to just stop and look. May you enjoy your weekly walk and know that you share your contentment with your friends across the globe.

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  2. A lovely poem from your friend Jo. We are fortunate to enjoy the first rays of the sun from our bedroom each day and after rain the jewels that sparkle on the leaves. We should never feel discontent. Thank you again Jo and also for your “humble” blog of last week.

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