I was reading a daily devotional recently and the writer was making the point that, “the PRESENT is where God always awaits you.” For some reason those words ~ and that realization ~ struck me. I haven’t been able to get the idea out of my head.
I decided to dig a little deeper.
What is becoming a revelation to me is that I am meant to live in the present. Right here, right now. Most people (myself included) let their moments slip through their fingers, half-lived. They avoid the present (either consciously or unconsciously) by worrying about the future or longing for / regretting the past. Unfortunately by avoiding the present and failing to meet God NOW, we do not take advantage of our access to His glorious presence and all that that entails.
Why is that so important?
I know I am only beginning to scratch the surface of understanding in this area but what is becoming clear to me is that by failing to walk in constant communion with God (in every moment, in every situation), I am choosing to rely on my own ability, my own wisdom, my own insight, and my own strength to live. Heaven help me!
This was never God’s design. Since the garden we were created to be intimately connected to Him. God wants us to give up our self-sufficiency and embrace unashamed dependence on Him knowing that His power is made perfect in our weakness. He wants us to seek Him for the answers we need to even the simplest questions; He wants to be our Source; He wants to guide and direct our decisions and choices; He wants to equip us and train us to maturity; He wants to supply what we need when we need it.
It sounds wonderful. The hard part is yielding my stubborn will to utter dependence on Him. I want to voluntarily learn the discipline of meeting Him in the present and learning to see everything from His perspective. I don’t think I know how to actively, consistently do this . . . but I am on a quest to find out.