Existing in The Present

From emails and instant messaging to transport and social media, life has never moved so fast. The fact that I can order an eBook- and receive it within minutes- is brilliant. Uploading articles like this one doesn’t take long. Waiting, in whatever shape or form, is never easy. Sometimes, in the mist of our agitated patience, God feels far away. I certainly know what it feels like to assume that God has gone on vacation.

When we can’t wait anymore, and the season that we’re in seems unbearable, what happens?  Sometimes, we make our own plans without acknowledging God, and instead of allowing Him to lead us, we create our own path which seems to lead to happiness. In Genesis, God promised Abraham he would have a son called Isaac. But through the encourage of his wife Sarah, who couldn’t have children, Abraham had a son with their maid. Sarah, and I don’t blame her, couldn’t quite believe that she would have a child because of her old age. She believed that her problems were too big for God to solve; she could believe God’s promise. Maybe, like Sarah, you feel that you can’t trust God with your hopes and dreams. So, you want to follow your own way with the hope of entering a new, beautiful season. You focus on the future. Planning ahead isn’t a bad thing. But what if shifting our gaze to the future means that we miss the small and special moments of the present? When we fix our eyes on Jesus, He makes us strong and He gives us fresh sight to see the treasures of life.

We don’t have to worry about the future and we can have peace in the present because Jesus holds the blue-print. He has the power to reveal your future to you. Yet, He doesn’t because He wants you to trust in Him and enjoy your current walk of life. He wants to prepare you for the next step, and that’s why He’s in no hurry. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast our cares onto God, because he cares for us. Peace that transcends everything else (Proverbs 3:5-6) begins to iron-out all the creases of uncertainty once we choose to believe, and keep believing, that God holds the future in his hands.

God’s timing is absolutely perfect. He knows exactly what you need and when you need it. The season that you’re in right now-whether it’s a happy one or not- is vital. It is part of the bigger picture. As it says in the book of Job, there’s a season for everything, and so we can either enjoy where we are with an attitude of hope and expectancy. Or, we can worry our life away. I understand what it feels like to worry about things, and I know when I’m being impatient with God. However, life is a lot better when I choose to exist in the present and prayerfully trust that God has a greater plan for me. I believe that His plan is better than anything you and I can imagine.

Whatever season you’re in, I pray for joy and peace of mind. May God teach you new things, and may He give you strength for the next stage of your life. Amen.

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