Just Another Day

Just another day. The sun rises and sets–or to be technical about it, the earth rotates–and life on earth goes on. Gray sky and sunshine, rain and rainbows, plants growing, birds scratching for food under the bird feeder. An ordinary day like so many other days, but at the same time a unique day that will never come again.

Cancer treatment is over, except for taking that one little, white pill each evening, and those recheck appointments carefully inked onto the calendar. My radiation tan has faded, and the little scars from surgery only occasionally ache a bit. I am almost as good as new, perhaps better in some quiet, unseen ways. I like to think so, anyway. Cancer ought to be good for something!

I keep busy with work, cooking, cleaning (well, I try from time to time…), church, writing projects, and all those other activities that eat up our days. Life goes on, but perhaps I am a little more aware now that one day it will go on without me. I will move on, leaving all these things behind. (That thought should motivate me to clean more, so my kids don’t get stuck with my mess.) “This, too, shall pass,” I tell my husband concerning a particular challenge we face. If we could look down from God’s perspective, our present troubles would probably look pretty small.

Just another day, both ordinary and unique. Lord, help me not to waste these precious hours You have given me.

About susanmaas

I grew up in the green state of Oregon, coming to love the birds, flowers, and other wild things of the woods. Our family homeschooled for sixteen years, spending wonderful vacations at the beach or camping in the western United States and British Columbia. For most of my adult life, I have been a part-time writer, creating personal experience stories, homeschooling articles, devotionals, Sunday school curriculum, and children's stories and books. I enjoy looking for signs of the eternal in nature and the small, everything events in our lives.
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2 Responses to Just Another Day

  1. Diane Smith says:

    Hi, Susan:
    I love Spring time, too. It’s a time of renewal and anticipation for longer hours of daylight. It’s also an opportunity to be out of doors instead of just looking out the window. A time of reflection perhaps, a time to rejoice in the creation of a God who loves us and wants us to be happy. I love the Spring… the sounds of a bird’s song in the morning and at dusk. Longer walks with our dog, more conversation with neighbors. The planning of my flower garden and the observation of the bulbs budding and blooming that I planted last fall during a rainy & cold morning. I can’t think of one thing that I dislike about Spring. It’s all so good!
    I’m glad you’re feeling well and enjoying life. It’s truly a gift.

  2. susanmaas says:

    Thanks, Diane! It’s good to hear from you again. Yes, I think spring is my favorite time of year. I love all the new green things sprouting up–and definitely the birds singing. I love to hear the robins singing as the sun goes down on a warm, spring day. And walks with the dog are often part of our days.
    I could use your help with my flower beds, however. I am pretty hopeless with flowers, and I end up with far too many weeds. I do a little better with the vegetable garden; at least I make more effort there. Maybe someday when I have more time, I will actually get the flower garden in shape. I do love flowers!
    Thanks for reading and for keeping in touch!

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