Be Present Now

Read: “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”  Psalm 27:14 (NLT)

Reflect: When I look back over my long life, I have to admit that, often while I was living it, I was busy wishing it away. “When I leave home for college, then my life will really begin; when we get married, everything will be so much better; when I get that job I can really start to live; once I’m a mother, life will be different.” How many precious seasons of my life did I miss by longing for what was to come next? Can you relate?

In a perfect life, I would have savored that little bit of time I lived at home with my parents for the last time; I would have discovered more about who I really was before I got married; I would have broadened my horizons before I settled into my career; I would have enjoyed adult life more enthusiastically before I tackled being a parent. What if I had been patient, leaned into the Lord and listened to what he was teaching me in my now?

If I could give some advice to my 20 or 30 or 40-year-old self, it would be this: Don’t miss here by rushing to get there. This here, this now only comes once. If you are present and listen, God will use your here to prepare you for your there.

React: Are you impatient? Are you wishing your life away, missing out on what you are becoming right now? God has a plan and purpose for your life, for now and for what is to come. Get alone with him, listen to what he has to say and learn to trust in him.

Pray: Lord, thank you for being the one I can always trust. Teach me what I can learn from you today to help prepare me for my tomorrows.