When you hear the word “savor”, what do you think of?
Do you think of the taste or the smell of one of your favorite treats? Fresh baked bread. Warm cinnamon rolls. Cookies baking in the over. T-bones grilling over charcoal.
Did you know that the word savor can also be defined as a distinctive quality?
Think about your day today. Have you ever had a day that was exactly like this one? Perhaps it is similar, but is it exactly the same?
What we do. Who we interact with. Strangers we drive next to in the morning commute. Places we go. Words we say. Thoughts we think. Ideas we have.
Today, this day, has a distinctive quality that makes it all it’s own. It is a different kind of day. Different than yesterday. Different than tomorrow. Different than any other day in existence.
It says in Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV), “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Today is made beautiful by the hand of the Lord.
I will be quick to admit that I do not always see it that way. Some days I miss out on the distinctive qualities about today because I am holding on to the past or I am worrying about the future. I miss out on savoring that which God beautifully timed to happen today.
Honestly, that just makes me cry. I am sad to think on all of the things that I rushed by because I was hurrying to think about day which had already passed or one that is not even here yet.
It makes me think of how fleeting the smell of those cookies are and how as soon as the steak has cooled it’s aroma is no longer wafting through the air. Even though it’s temporary, it is still a joy I want to slow down, breathe it in deep and savor it.
Let’s try to do that with this amazing day that God has given us. Stop for just a moment. Breathe in deep. Take in this brief beauty that was ordained for right now. Let’s savor today.
Thank You for the perfection of Your timing. Thank You for the gift of today. Please, God, help us to savor it while it lasts. Amen.