Scarlett O’Hara said, in the movie Gone with the Wind, “I’ll think about that tomorrow“. I must say I have always quite liked that quote. There is definitely some wisdom in thinking about some things tomorrow. Wisdom to not worry today about what is happening tomorrow. That hopsital appointment, that meeting, that pressure ahead. All our worrying does is rob today of its joy. Corrie Ten Boom wrote “worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” So postponing thinking to the next day is good advice.
On the other hand fully embracing an O’Hara ethos to life also has its downsides. It’s when we postpone the good actions and decisions to tomorrow. Like when we decide today I will feast, tomorrow I will fast. Tomorrow I will get my finances in order, but today….Tomorrow I’ll say yes to God, today is one more day living for me. The problem is that tomorrow is another word for later.
Pharoah was rather like that too. The mightiness of God was being powerfully demonstrated. His kingdom overcome with frogs. Frogs everywhere, in their houses, in their beds. Yet he chose to deal with it tomorrow. It was a straightforward question by Moses to Pharoah – when would he like the frogs that plagued his kingdom gone? Tomorrow though was soon enough.
Christine Caine said “if God is willing to do it today then why would you wait until tomorrow?” Why wait to involve God in your circumstances, in your life? He is ready and able to enter your circumstances with power, grace and love. Why wait to take that concern to God in prayer? To start today on the dream that God has placed on your heart.
To say yes today.