“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Cor 4
If you find yourself with a spare hour, listening to this would be time well spent:
I’ve listened to it multiple times on my phone while rocking a baby and wandering about the house picking up toys.
Maybe it’s just where I’m at right now but I think the concept of being renewed day by day is relevant to everyone, especially if you’re an American and you think you have some semblance of control over your future.
I’ve been looking ahead again. Wondering what will life be like with Nathan when he’s five? When he’s 13? When he’s twenty? When I’m sixty? If he’s gone tomorrow. It’s simply too much. I can’t handle that right now. I wasn’t meant to.
Piper says the idea of being renewed day by day implies that hope and encouragement wane. They do. The hope I experienced yesterday when Nathan tolerated a Nuk brush in his mouth is not so encouraging today when he won’t even suck on a paci. That we need today’s hope and grace – not yesterday’s and not tomorrow’s – is profound.
It’s a message I’ve come to love though initially I hated hearing it.
“Just take it one day at a time.” – a favorite phrase of NICU nurses
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.” – one of my father’s tried and true statements
“His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” – Lamentations 3: 22-23
I appreciate it more fully now. Mostly because I can’t bear the weight of the future. I’m forced to take it one day at a time.
Day by day, I am new and cared for.
I’ve started collecting “Day by Day Verses.” I will post them here as a reminder of the new mercies God gives us every day. Send me more if you have other favorites: kathleenjill (at) gmail (dot) com.
I’ll leave you with the song that was sung in conjunction with this message. Grab a box of tissues and let it minister to your soul. (Thank you, Laura. You blessed me by this tremendously sweet friend!)
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