Job now resumed his response: "Oh, how I long for the good old days, when God took such very good care of me. Job 29:1 (MSG)
Over the past few months, I've caught myself making several trips down memory lane. There are several life events that have prompted the mental excursions. My birthday and the continuing reality of middle-age, for one. Then there's a daughter graduating from high-school, going half-way around the world, getting engaged and planning a wedding. There's also another daughter scheduling senior pictures and preparing for her final year in high school. All of these things tend to send me into various meditations on "where has the time gone?"
And yet, I'm aware that the siren song of the "good old days" can easily tempt me into shifting my focus on the past, when there is so much waiting for me on the road ahead. I once heard a a wise, spunky old gentleman who was speaking to a group of young people. "I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR SCRAPBOOKS!" he began in a loud, pointed exclamation. I got the message loud and clear. In fact, it's the only thing I remember from his talk. His voice and his exclamation have been a regular mental check for me through the years. Come on, Tom! Don't spend so much time looking back at yesterday that you lose sight of what God has for you today and tomorrow.
(Of course, the opposite is also true. I've known a few people who spend so much time looking ahead to tomorrow that they get nothing accomplished today. But, that's another chapter for another day.)