Who Knows What The Tide Could Bring!

A number of years ago I wrote these words in my journal:

“… I am satisfied that there is nothing I could be doing that is of more importance than the work of the Lord. I am grateful each day for life and liberty.”

Sometimes it is easy to take each day for granted. There always seems to be something that can get us down. Over the years, I have heard some people say, “I’m just grateful to get up each morning and be blessed with another day of life”, or words to that effect. Perhaps that statement sounds trite, but if so, it should be a trite statement  that we incorporate into our lives. Each day we have in this life really is a blessing. As one company advertising campaign states, “Life comes at you fast!” I can certainly testify to the integrity of that slogan. My life is undoubtedly passing before me as if it were a dream.

Both good and bad things happen on a daily basis. Often we take for granted  the good things in our lives until we lose it, such as good health.   The sun will set today and the sun will rise, announcing the dawn of a new day tomorrow. Each new day gives to each of us a new opportunity to count our blessings and a new day to bless the lives of others.  As much as one might dislike the character Scarlett O’Hara, from the Civil War novel ‘Gone with the Wind’, you have to admire her optimism. After Rhett Butler tells her he “doesn’t give a damn” about her, he turns and walks out on her. She then gives this final glib statement, which is the last line of the book. “I’ll go home, and I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day”.

Well, tomorrow is another day and who knows what experiences it holds for each of us. Let us be optimistic and greet each day with a prayer of thanksgiving in our hearts. In so doing we will live happier lives and be a blessing to all those we come into contact with. Tom Hanks played the main character in the movie “Castaway” (2000).  After being stranded on a desert island for a number of years,  the tide washes up a large section of a portable toilet which he uses as a sail to get off the island. After getting back to civilization, he is quoted as saying,  “…I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing, because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring!” He had learned that each day is a new adventure bringing with it renewed hope.   Indeed,  who knows what tomorrow’s tide will bring to each of us!

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