I Had a Thought

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…and if you are anything like me, you know that when a thought actually comes along, it can be disturbing. There I was last night, minding my own business and watching “George Gently” on TV. I don’t know, maybe the plot was dragging a little bit, but my mind began to wander; then it happened. A thought.

It just hit me like a ton of bricks: Tomorrow will never come.

I didn’t like this thought very much; don’t they say “the sun will come up tomorrow”?

The problem is that every time the sun has come up, it wasn’t tomorrow; it was “today.” I thought some more…

Last Sunday, I thought that “tomorrow” would be on Monday, but when I woke up on Monday morning, it was still “today.” Yesterday was Tuesday, and I thought that today would be tomorrow, but as you know, today is actually “today” and “tomorrow” is still tomorrow; Thursday. I thought some more… again.

“Yesterday” comes all the time, but we can’t ever be there. “Tomorrow” is always supposed to be coming, but it never arrives for what we think is going to be “tomorrow” always turns out to be “today” so that “today” never seems to end… but that makes no sense!

That’s when I hit the pause button; I was missing too much of the mystery, I’ll never guess who did it if I miss too much of the plot. And then I thought some more… yet again.

“The future” might be a lot like “tomorrow.”

If you would have asked me in 1980 if 2015 was “the future” I would have said that 2015 was definitely the future; the far off distant future. I would have wondered if I would actually live long enough to see it. Now, 35 years later, here we are: I made, if barely. Now we know that 2015 is not the “future” because just look around you, it’s still the present, just like it’s always been, and every day of the 35 years in between 1980 and 2015 has been “today”. There’s something fishy going on here.

Well, right about then, Mrs. Don asked how long I was going to leave the show on pause, and I recognized the voice of She Who Must Be Obeyed, so I set these thoughts aside and resumed “George Gently>”

This morning when I got up, I did some checking, and do you know what I discovered?

It’s still “today” and “tomorrow” hasn’t come yet. It’s also still the “present” and the “future” still hasn’t come. OK, now I’m starting to get irritated…

This morning I had another thought, Heaven help me!

You know “some day” and “one of these days”? They haven’t come around yet either, because we seem to be stuck in “today.” Kind of like that movie “Groundhog Day” (only way different) I have quite a few things I’m going to do “some day” and even more that I plan on doing “one of these days” and as soon as these days come, I’m going to get onto those things; maybe that will be tomorrow, if “tomorrow” ever gets here…

Make no mistake, dear reader, I have a lot more to say about this, but I’m going to take a little break right now, because I think I’m getting a nasty headache. I’m not waiting until tomorrow to get back to this, at least not until I get a better handle on what’s going on here; I’ll be writing more on this TODAY!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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25 Responses to I Had a Thought

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Can’t wait! Just dont wait until tomorrow.

  2. Bette Cox says:

    Reminds me of the conversation I had with my son about time travel… “There’s no such thing as time,” he said. “There’s only now.”

    • Don Merritt says:

      That could be… only we know there’s a past because we all seem to have one of those; the future eludes us… or maybe it’s in the semantics. It’s hard to tell sometimes

  3. Anonymous says:

    You see now the wisdom of God in Hebrews 3 when he said vis the Spirit…
    So, as the Holy Spirit says:

    “Today, if you hear his voice,
    8 do not harden your hearts
    as you did in the rebellion,
    during the time of testing in the wilderness,
    9 where your ancestors tested and tried me,
    though for forty years they saw what I did.
    10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
    I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
    and they have not known my ways.’
    11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”

    12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:

    “Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts
    as you did in the rebellion.”

  4. Anonymous says:

    For some reason my post “posted as Anonymous” . This is not true “Today” I am Jeff Maxwell from https://jgmtheo.wordpress.com/ Tomorrow never comes… but God promises me through Christ Jesus He will never leave me or forsake me, and that as with Paul “If I shall be absent from he body I shall be “present” with the Lord” : so what of tomorrow !!

  5. Hopefully this post as me (as the two above posts are me) or have I left the present and found the illusive tomorrow.

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  7. paulfg says:

    (chuckles quietly)

    I LIKE where this is going!! 🙂

  8. jgmtheo says:

    Either my first post was not approved or it went astray.

    Post copied below

    You see now the wisdom of God in Hebrews 3 when he said via the Spirit…

    So, as the Holy Spirit says:
    “Today, if you hear his voice,
    8 do not harden your hearts
    as you did in the rebellion,
    during the time of testing in the wilderness,
    9 where your ancestors tested and tried me,
    though for forty years they saw what I did.
    10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
    I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
    and they have not known my ways.’
    11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”
    12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:
    “Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts
    as you did in the rebellion.”

  9. Steve B says:

    “Today is yesterdays tomorrow.”

    Demons and Wizards by Uriah Heep

  10. Elaine says:

    OK now my head is spinning too! Lol

  11. pipermac5 says:

    Perhaps that is why Jesus said: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34)

    Steve

  12. I can say one thing for sure! Don, you write the funniest provoking thoughts ever 🙂 Remember though…. YESTERDAY will always be gone, TOMMOROW is never a guarantee, TIME waits for no man, so all we really have is TODAY!

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