Another Iowa Day

By: Dennis Bates

It’s another beautiful day in Iowa today, the kind of day you wish you could record and play back over and over again. For August it is cool and the humidity is low. We have been sleeping with the windows open and haven’t run the air conditioning for a week now.


For some reason days like this remind me how short our stay here is and how thankful we should be for all he blessings God has given us. It’s almost funny. When we were kids days like this would remind us that school is about to start, and we couldn’t wait to get back. We had football games to go to, school dances, and all the other things that made up our lives when we were young, and time couldn’t move fast enough.


When we got older we couldn’t get through the work week fast enough so that we could get to the weekend and have fun, whatever that was to us. If we had children, we looked forward to their birthday parties, their soccer games, and their graduations. Then we shared their careers or enjoyed the grandchildren, and looked forward to holidays with family.


Before we knew it, retirement loomed and we counted off the days until we could be free to do what we wanted to do, and that day came and past. Suddenly, one morning just like this one, we woke up and realized that life whizzed by, and much of it was behind us now. We wondered where it had gone. How had we missed it? How did it go by so fast?


Now instead of looking forward to what comes next, we look backward at things called memories and wonder why we didn’t take more notice of the things that created them when they happened. Instead of wanting things to speed up, we try everything we can think of to get them to slow down so we can enjoy them, and we do so with mixed success.


That’s one of the reasons mornings like this morning are so important, no matter where you live. Although similar days may come in the future, this one only comes today; it only comes once, and as soon as the sun sets, it’s gone forever, so we had better catch it while we can, enjoy it and makes the absolute most of it.


See, with God one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. If  He is pleased with today, He can create another one just like it tomorrow, and the day after. We can’t do that. It’s the real difference between being the Creator and the created. We are not in control, God is, and we are at His mercy. But come to think about it, that’s not a bad place to be, no matter how fast time goes.


This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. I can’t seem to say that enough anymore.


It’s another beautiful day in Iowa today, even if it rains.


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