Sun and shadow

I sit in my slice of shade and watch for nothing, yet hope for something. Someone is smoking, but I can’t see who it is, and I wonder who would be lighting up on such a hot day? Then I shake my head at my hypocrisy as I take small sips from my steaming cup of tea.

A woman’s voice pipes through the air; sometimes I can make out her mellow melody above the passing traffic. Mostly this week, I admit, the hum and hiss of distraction are all I hear. I know my thoughts are trying to latch onto something as lately sighs have proceeded my words. A feeling of a soft, sentimental tide visits me like a gentle friend trying to prepare me for change.

The truth is… I already know the truth. No matter where I sit in life, no matter my age or the age of my children, title, or degree of participation, eventually the sun will move and so will my slice in the shade. We can savor the minutes, but we cannot hold them still. Time wins the arm-wrestling match every time.

We must learn to surrender to the changes of time and keep ourselves purposefully looking forward to something – in our todays, for our tomorrows and into eternity. To not be so easily irritated by the actions or inactions of others. Rather, to concern ourselves more with making our actions and reactions accountable to God. To set our intentions on giving our minds, hearts, bodies and souls a daily cleansing of what needs to be filtered and released through intentional prayer, scripture meditation, proper rest and practicing balanced, healthy living choices so we can be our best offering for God’s purposes.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

May we purposefully remember that today is a living day; to even repeat this to ourselves if needed. To live with an eternal focus so bright that it does not postpone our joy TODAY. To surrender by God’s grace and forgiveness the hands of time which have already passed, so that when the clock strikes a new hour we see fresh opportunities without guilt or shame. To appreciate what was; what it taught us; and who we are today. And to know that God was and is in control of the whole of our calendars… of our lives. And, yes, to train our ears to hear the music more than the traffic—to latch on to what is most lovely and linger there for as long as God wills.

In recognizing God’s beauty amid change, we soon realize God means for us not to keep moving to find Him, but to simply take Him with us. He is already present. For He is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9). God controls both sun and shadow, and He prepares us for all change and for all of time.

SGLY, dear readers.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. You can find her newly released books, “H.E.R.O. Faith” and “Bad Disciples” on Amazon. To submit feedback on SGLY, please contact news@amtrib. com. Follow Chartier on Facebook: facebook. com/ tiffanychartier and Twitter : @tiffanychartier