"Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
~ Psalm 90:12
This one began with a pedicure; a self-indulgent, somewhat messy, personally applied spa experience at home. I'm not a nail polish sort of girl, though back in the day I was all prissy over matching nails, makeup & purses. What was I thinking?!!
But now the dawn of Flip-Flop Season is soon to be upon us. Thus today was as good a day as any for my 2014 Maiden Spa Voyage.
A confession: nail polish is doomed to the garbage heap if it's in my home. My inspection & selection began with an effort to find something still harboring life. Most were little more than goo. I even tried my typical home remedy: a few drops of polish remover (also among the spa antiquities in my larder). No luck. Dante's Red, Precious Pink, Latte, Coral Shore, Magenta Magic ~ all of them unsuitable, well beyond their Best Use By dating.
Who'd ever think of drinking sour milk long past the Best Used By date on the carton? Or what about bagged lettuce ~ you know the kind ~ the one that's gone all slimy? Oh how about the look on the clerk's face when you present a discount coupon expired many months ago?
What if our lives are like that? What if there are Best Used By dates for segments of our lives, or blessings, or for seizing opportunities, or ????? What if saving, or hanging onto to something that ought to have been tossed long ago is hurtful?
"As long as it is day, we must do the
works of Him who sent Me. Night is
coming, when no one can work."
~ John 9:4
"It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young."
~ Lamentations 3:27
I'm wondering if that's not one reason why God's mercy is new every morning? The leftovers from yesterday, like Manna, have passed their Best Used By date. That means I can release what was & reach for what is, & is to come. And you & know, in the absolute sense, that's Jesus Himself.
All this from gooey nail polish.
"This is what the Lord says ~ He Who
made a way through the sea, a path
through the mighty waters, Who drew
out the chariots and horses, the army and
reinforcements together, and they lay
there, never to rise a gain, extinguished,
snuffed out like a wick:
'Forget the former things; do not dwell
on the past. See, I am doing a new thing'!"
~ Isaiah 43:16-19