“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” -Author Unknown
I saw this quote on a plaque in a medical office when I was a teenager, and I have never forgotten it. I am a word person, so this play on the “present” meant a lot to me. Can’t you just picture it? Every morning, God has a gift of another day on earth for you that he has put much loving consideration into. Every detail of it has been throughly thought through and organized. Even the mundane, even the less than pleasant, and even the sorrowful within the day ahead has been carefully selected before the foundation of the earth. He has added in room for your own free will so you can play a part in your own story, yet he promises he will work your decisions together for good, as long as you have made the most important one (trusting in Jesus).
The best part about God’s gift of the present is that He is in it. He is here. He IS the gift.
The greatest tragedy would be missing out on the best part of the present. It’s like when you are opening a gift bag with lots of tissue paper. There are several exciting things in there, and the gift giver says, there’s one more thing in the bag, keep looking! (I love it when that happens!) So you dig a little deeper, and see some tissue wrapped up tight. You take it out, search for the edge of the paper and open it up. IT IS THE BEST THING IN THE BAG! This is how it is with experiencing God in the everyday gift of the present. All the other parts of the gift of the day are easy to see. But you have to look with purpose to see the best, hidden part of the present: the presence and goodness of GOD. You have to believe it’s there.
Have you ever looked at the person giving you the gift when they said, “dig deeper, there’s more,” and stopped looking? NO! We want the best part of the present! We have to BELIEVE this is true. To train our eyes we look to his Word and think on it all day, (meditate on it).
“Yet I am confident I will SEE the LORD’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
Seeing Jesus reflected in the beauty all around us will make us look at our days and our lives differently.
I’ve stared intently at so many things this week as I have been living this out.
I’ve looked deeply into my little girl’s blue eyes wrapped up in freckles as she has talked and talked relentlessly about everything on her mind. And seriously, can this mama just say, He outdid himself when he planned that beautiful creation!
I’ve stopped to look at wildflowers and butterflies on every run this week.
I’ve gazed up at the clouds rolling by in the sky and remembered how big he is in comparison to how small everything else is.
This awareness has led to worshipping him more. More glory to Jesus. This is what life is all about. This is what we were created to do, worship him in spirit and in truth. When we live a life aware of his presence, in awe of who he is, everything else falls into place. A heart positioned in worship will see him, hear him, and obey him.
If you embark on this next 5 week journey of BASKING in his goodness and presence, you will greater understand what if means to ABIDE in him.
One definition of abide is “to continue to be present.”
Be present in Him this week as you look with your eyes for him!
This Beautiful World
By Sam Terry, 8 years old
My eyes, my eyes
they’re blind because
I keep complaining
then I miss this beautiful flowers
in the prettiest fields.
I miss the beautiful birds because
I’m too busy thinking about the negative.
I miss this beautiful world that God gives.
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2 thoughts on “Living in the Moment with Jesus”
A few days ago, I woke to the sun pouring through my east facing bedroom window. I smiled and thought “oh good, a beautiful, sunny day!” A few minutes later I walked into my west facing living room and thought,”that’s strange… why is it so dark in here?” It turned out that there was a storm coming in from the west and a big black cloud was blocking the sun’s rays on that side of the house.
Life can be like that in several ways: Sunny one minute and stormy the next, your experience of life depends on what side you choose to stand on, we rarely see the whole picture – just small fragments of it at a time. We can’t always understand what God is doing in our lives, but we need to learn to rejoice in all circumstances, knowing that our good, good Father is in control.
What a perfect illustration for our perspective. The way we perceive things is so powerful. Only through his truth can we see clearly. Thanks for the powerful comment!