Although this season of my life is no longer defined by one school year ending or another school year beginning, I wrote this in 2006, during a season when it was.
As the carefree days of summer fade, I look ahead with anticipation to the more structured schedules of school days. There are preparations and plans to be carried out. There are hopes and dreams to be fulfilled! I cherish this moment of solitude to ponder the value in a day.
Thru all of the summertime amenities we’ve enjoyed this year, it is the sweet simplicity of two days in particular, that I especially hold dear.
Today we’ve taken a road trip, visiting friends of yesteryear, celebrating newborn babies and having lunch with “the aunts and grandma”. Driving down the road, my 13-year-old daughter and I exchange the quiet hum of the air-conditioned car and every hair in place for open windows, tousled hair, and loud music. Not many words exchanged, we occasionally chatted or laughed, but mostly we sang. We enjoyed the music and were thankful in “just being together”.
With our favorite teams and high fives, my 10-year-old son and I spent the day at the ballpark, complete with highlights and statistics. Not many words exchanged, we occasionally chatted and laughed, but mostly we cheered as the fans roared. A different kind of song, a different kind of music today, yet so much the same… enjoying the game and thankful in “just being together”.
Sometimes the value in a day seems ordinary, even undefined for the moment. It isn’t always ushered in with grand pomp and circumstance. Oft times it is quite the contrary. As I settle in for a good nights sleep, (after both of these days) I am deeply assured, the simplicity and the value in these days extend thru all of life, and rest quietly in the music of tomorrow’s song.
In the blink of an eye 12 years have come and gone and
I am joyfully and with gratitude, living in the music of tomorrow’s song (as far as a raising a young family goes anyway). The time, the investment, the “just being together”, teaching, admonishing, and that song in my heart is reaping dividends greater than I could’ve ever imagined.
There is something for all of us in understanding the value of a day, everyday! Maybe you aren’t living tomorrow’s song just yet, but be grateful for every moment! See the value in time spent together no matter how simple. Even when the seasons look different or a day seems undefined, cherish it deeply.
I love how Paul, the writer of Colossians admonishes us,
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. — Colossians 3:16
Make today count! Spend time together! Let the fragrance of thankful worship surround you. There’s always music waiting to be heard in tomorrows song.