I’m on my way to a DiscoveryBound event in Austin this weekend, and on the plane I took a quick browse through the SkyMall magazine, where they sell all sorts of things I never would have thought of. One that caught my eye was a product that apparently ages your wine – 10 years overnight, it promises. It boasts some rare magnets and elements which simulate the rotation of the earth, causing the wine to age faster. Now, I wasn’t interested in this for the wine – I was interested in this claim of how age works. Magnets which simulate the earth rotating, somehow translating into the quick passage of time?
Well, as far-fetched as this device seems, isn’t that essentially all that age is? You’ve been on this earth for however many years, spinning around the sun that many times, and that spinning earth makes you mature and then eventually deteriorate. Every day that passes makes you older, and declares new things about you, like these: You haven’t spun around the sun enough, so you don’t really know what you want to do with your life and have to follow the lead of others. You’ve spun around the exact right number of times and so you’re supposed to have everything you ever wanted – but what if you’re still unsatisfied? And finally, when you’ve spun around too many times, your prospects are limited and your health unreliable. Makes you want to stop the spinning and just be still!
What if we could redeem our sense of ‘day’ so it didn’t signify one more rotation on the way to decay? What if time has nothing to do with your joy, health, prospects, and capabilities?
I’ve really loved this definition of day, given by the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy: “The irradiance of Life; light, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love…Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded. This unfolding is God’s day, and ‘there shall be no night there.’ ” (page 584 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures) Measuring time according to good! This measurement would never lead us to anything but clearer and clearer views of good, peace and health. Rather than one more lap on the race to decay and limits, each day is an opportunity to consciously dive into good.
It’s been really freeing for me to realize that my days are expressions of Life, are opportunities to see the unfoldment of Truth and Love. Seeing those capitalized words as Biblically-based synonyms for God, I realize that my day – every day – is an opportunity to see God’s great work, which He declared to be very good, as related in the first chapter of Genesis. That good work does not include a proclivity to decay or become less than good! Rather than being subject to the astrological, supposed influences of the earth spinning around the sun, I’m fully embraced in the unfoldment of God’s day.
Instead of irretrievably racing toward an uncertain doom, each day is another view of God’s grandeur – including you as Her beloved child! This is a great day, subject always and only to God’s great love!
Enjoy the day!