Recently I have been reminded that we need to live for this day. By nature, I am a visionary person. From as early as I can remember, I would plan and dream about the future. When Lorrie and I were traveling doing construction oversight in the Alaskan villages we had the opportunity to travel down the Kuskokwim River with an elderly Native man. He told us as a boy he would sit in the front of the boat and always try to see around the corner ahead. Instead of focusing on the things that he could now see, his attention was on what he could not yet see. Often that describes me.
There’s an old song that says, “One day at a time sweet Jesus/That’s all I’m askin’ of you/ Just give me the strength To do every day what I have to do/Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus And tomorrow may never be mine/Lord, help me today, show me the way One day at a time.”
Let me paraphrase Matthew 6:34; “Don’t worry about tomorrow because there are sufficient things that need our attention today.” In Philippians 4 we are reminded not to be anxious for anything, but in everything with prayer and thanksgiving let your requests be made known to Him. We are also told in Jeremiah 10:23 that it is not in man that walks to direct his own steps.
If we are so busy with the cares and concerns, and yes even the joys, of tomorrow we very well may miss the Lord’s assignments for today. It is beautiful to watch the sun as it rises over the ocean where we live in the Philippines. But the beauty only lasts for a short amount of time and is only enjoyed by those who are watching. There are things to see and words to be heard and thoughts to be shared throughout the day – and often only at a certain opportune time. Proverbs tells us pleasant words are sweet to the soul and health to the bones. They bring health to the receiver and perhaps even the giver as well.
Last year is past. It is past with its victories and regrets. We have begun a new year. As you and I walk this year, will our eyes be open to see His fields that are white unto harvest around us every day?
John and Sandra Knutson from Alaska are completing their teaching series this week at the Bible School in Virac. They have been instrumental in bringing healing of past hurts to the young people in the class. We are always thankful for those of you that are able to come and share your talents with us as we serve in the Philippines. We have found that those that come not only bless but are blessed as they give of themselves.
Please remember to pray for the students and staff at the Bible school as well as the pastors that serve throughout the Philippines. Most live in remote areas and have very little worldly goods. They dedicate themselves to seeing God’s kingdom expanded.
Thank you for your love and encouragement. We are here because you have chosen to trust and support us with your prayers and finances.
Nels, Lorrie, and Amy