Time and again, over the past couple of weeks I have been bombarded with the words “days like these.” Usually in the context of enjoy them now, for you won’t have many more “days like these.”
“Aren’t you wearing a jacket?” I asked. “No,” He replied ” There won’t be many more days like these, so I’m going to enjoy the warmth.” (I still don’t think it was warm enough to be standing around outside without some kind of jacket though.)
“Stop your complaining, we are going outside for a walk.” the parents insisted “But our show is on!” the children whined. “Enjoy the walking while you can, you won’t get many more days like these. It’s a lot harder work to try and walk through snow up to your waist.” came the rejoinder and the inevitable grumping about the unfairness of life and such.
“Would you like a ride this morning?” she asked. “No thanks, I’ll just walk.” I stated. “Sure!” she joined in, “you’ve got to enjoy days like these, while we have them!” (You could tell she really didn’t want to be stuck behind the counter.)
Days like these. Good days. Productive days. Days for getting out, for getting stuff done, for enjoying life and its every blessings. Days that still have a whisper of summer sunshine, a hint of that warming sun. Days that seem to slip through our fingers all too soon. Because even as we grab hold of every last day like this, we know that we can’t hold on to them forever. The signs are all around us that these days are soon coming to an end. The smell of snow in the air. The dull grays and browns of nature bedding down for the long winter. The ever-present cacophony of the geese arrowing for the south while the getting’s good. While we enjoy days like these, we can’t lose ourselves in them for at the same time we are also saddened by the knowledge that other days are quickly coming.
There is a powerful metaphor for our Christian life in days like these. We are quickly approaching the end of another Church year. Our focus is ever-increasingly on the end of time, on Christ’s return, on the day of judgement. None of us know when that day will be, but we do know that is is coming closer all the time. (We are one day closer to the last day today than we were yesterday!) The days we enjoy now, will one day come to an end. Such a revelation can cause us sadness or lead us to whine, or it can do for our life now what everyone around me implicitly seems to understand already.
It can lead us to make the most out of days like these. Good Days for living in God’s Grace through Christ. Productive days for proclaiming the Gospel, for loving our neighbours, for getting our homes in order. Days for rejoicing in the Light of the Son, for basking in the warmth of His love. Days for doing the work of the Kingdom, for the days are coming when the work will be over, and we are called into our eternal home to sit at the table waiting us. As we prepare for the coming of that great day, let us make the most of days like these!
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. [Joh 9:4]