The older I get (not that I'm old!), the faster time goes by! How is it possible that it's already August? We've had an eventful first summer here in Michigan. My days have been spent hanging out with two of my granddaughters, Mollie & Dede. My daughter, Caitlin & her family have been staying with us until they get settled into their new home a few miles away.
Lately I've been feeling somewhat nostalgic & sentimental. Being with these two little girls reminds me so much of when Caitlin was little! The saying is so true ~ the days are long, but the years are short. God has ordained all of our days (Psalm 139) and each day is to be treasured and appreciated. Not that everything that happens each day is pleasant, but God's hand is with us each day.
I've had an interesting experience recently . . . one which makes me wonder if God is trying to tell me something . There is an old hymn from the late 1800's entitled Day by Day. I had not heard of it until last Friday morning when I was reading a chapter in John Piper's book A Godward Life. He quoted just a few lines from the song. The next night I was preparing our supper & heard this song on the radio. I immediately recognized the words and was glad to hear the beautiful melody. And I thought, "what an interesting coincidence". But then later that night I was reading from a book by Elisabeth Elliot, Keep A Quiet Heart. And there was the same song! She quoted the same lines from it that John Piper had. At that point I decided it was probably not a coincidence & decided to look up the song in our church hymnal that we keep here at home. I read through each of the three stanzas and found them to be comforting and reassuring. I also looked online for information about the song & author. I learned that it was written by a Swedish woman, Lina S Berg in 1865. She wrote more than 650 songs. Her father was a Lutheran minister. When she was 26 years old, she was travelling with him by boat across a lake. The boat suddenly lurched forward and he fell overboard and drowned. She wrote Day by Day before this tragic incident, but she continued to write songs that spoke of the peace that comes from knowing the presence of God in one's everyday life. Here are the lines that were quoted in the books I mentioned:
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best.
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
(Lina S Berg)
I may be wrong, but I wonder if God's purpose in introducing and allowing me to read & hear this song three times in two days was perhaps to prepare me for some uncertain days that are ahead for our family. In just a few days, Caitlin will give birth to our first grandson, Lincoln. He has a heart condition that will require special care, along with three surgeries during his first two years. The upcoming days may not be easy ones, but we know that God is with us! Whether the song came to me from God or not, I needed to be reminded that He is in control.