These are the good old days.
that whatever I am going through, whatever kind of day I’m
having, that someday I am going to look back on this time of my
life and remember it as a special, important time.
I thought of it again this morning. My 19-year-old daughter and
I were both up in the wee hours of the morning, getting ready
for work. We had a nice conversation, and I told myself,
“These are the good old days,” because someday she won’t be
here. She’ll get married and have a family of her own; and
I’ll look back on today and say, “I remember the good old days.”
Just like I remember doing the morning show at a radio station
back in the 80s. I would be up at 4 a.m. and here would come
that same daughter, in her little footed pajamas. I could have
told her to “Get back in bed!” Instead, I would take the
time, fix her a bowl of cereal, and there we sat, father and
daughter, at our little table in our little apartment, while mom
slept unaware of the sugar I was pumping into her baby’s body.
Today is the day! Soak it up and live it for all it’s worth.
Feel the life in every moment and thank God for it.
We have a little family of Cardinal birds that have nested right
next to a window at our office here. It’s so cool. You can see
right into the nest. First they were eggs. Then they were
little fuzzy babies. Little kids like Abby and Isabel come in
and are fascinated by the birds, just an inch or two from the
I thought of a line from Psalm 119 that says, “I will meditate
on Your wonders.”
Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer so I spent a lot of
time in prayer. I went to the Senate chambers and prayed as the
Senators discussed and voted on bill after bill. I went to the
House. I watched the lobbyists, the aides and everyone in
their power suits rushing here and there. Then I went to the
top of the capitol building and quietly pondered the panoramic
view of Tallahassee. FSU. Florida A & M. The Supreme Court.
Apalachee Parkway. The civic center. Jets flying by.
Thousands of people jamming the highways.
I pondered and prayed and soaked it up. Governor Bush took time
out of his busy schedule to join us in prayer. I observed all
the nameless volunteers who helped with the nitty-gritty of the
prayer event. I watched hundreds of tiny children parade past
with their “prayer passports” and wondered about each of their
little lives, their daddies and mommies and their own little
footed pajamas. All of them are loved by God.
Later I sat down exhausted, thankful for my little sandwich and
bag of chips, on a concrete ledge in the shade. And I watched
the ants marching with order and discipline, making strategic
plans for my oatmeal cookie.
What a big and busy world. “I will meditate on Your wonders.”
Why get hung up on the past? Why worry about the future? There
is so much to life today. Grab hold of it! Notice it, don’t
rush past it.
I like this old phrase, “Wherever you are, be there.”
That means, participate in this moment. Don’t have your mind
off somewhere else. Don’t miss the joys of the day just because
you weren’t paying attention. Remember, “These are the good old
~A MountainWings Original by Doug Apple, Tallahassee, FL~