It’s a Groundhog Blog

Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring. Prov. 27:1

Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt. 6:34

I feel bad for all those reporters in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. I mean, really, how can one adequately capture in words or on film the excitement of waiting for and watching a large rodent predict the weather? Gobbler’s Knob and Punxsutawney do offer great help, no doubt, and those dudes wearing top hats they borrowed from the set of “A Christmas Carol” are pretty exciting. But once you get past the funny old guys and place names, it’s gotta be tough.

I do think it’s cool that people can forecast the weather, though. The past couple of days, I’ve been checking the Nashville weather forecasts since I’m headed there next week. I haven’t had the best weather experiences on my February jaunts to Music City. Once, I sat on the runway for 2 hours on my way out, because they had to deice the plane. I didn’t even know that deice was a word until then, but I had 2 whole hours to ponder it. I didn’t know that deice was unhyphenated until just now, so it seems I’m still learning from that experience. Another time, it was so cold when I arrived in Nashville that when I got to my hotel room I was still shivering from head to toe. I thought the heater wasn’t working. It was. But I had spiked a high fever. That was a great trip. Also, you have to consider that it’s so much harder to spot famous musicians when they’re all bundled up in heavy jackets and furry hats. It’s not my favorite time of year to travel there, and I don’t even have to consult a groundhog to know it. 

Sometimes I wish there was a way to predict other things, though. I’m not particularly fond of rodents, but maybe a cute little birdie could show up at my office window and sing something from Air Supply if I’m going to get a really good Valentine’s Day gift (So I can know if I need to get something else to go with that I Love You Toast Stamper) Or maybe our dog could jump all over me when I go outside to let me know that a publisher is going to want to publish my book when it’s finished. HEY, wait a minute….she’s been doing that for months!! YES!!!!

Common sense demands that we think about the future. It’s natural, and good even, to look ahead and prepare for future outcomes. But wisdom demands that we not get too caught up in it. If you’re not careful, you can find yourself looking back on a life where you were always looking ahead and never really living in the moment and fulfilling the purposes God has for you right now.

Psalm 35:6 says, “Each man’s life is but a breath.” So why waste it focusing on what may or may not happen in the future? It’s meaningless to brag about what’s ahead or to worry about it, either, because you can’t know how it’s gonna turn out.

Whether you’re waiting on the outcome of a frightening health situation, considering a potential job change/move, facing a difficult financial situation, planning an exciting week on a cruise ship, counting down the days til high school graduation, or living for Friday, Scripture makes the same admonition – you focus on today. It’s the only thing that’s guaranteed.

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