Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. –Psalm 25:4-5 (NLT)
One morning, I thought about all the stuff that I had to do: the conference coming up, the projects around the house, multiple activities for the kids, and so on. Looking over my “to-do” list, I found my heart starting to race and it was only 5:45 a.m.
I’ve always been a person who was primarily driven by the horizon: the dreams, visions and hopes of upcoming days, but who is also trying to get the things done that need to get done now. I want to emerge into the life that God wants me to ultimately live; however, the problem with this is that I sometimes miss the moments where God is actually attempting to grab my attention.
So many times Jesus said, “if only you had eyes to see and ears to hear.” I’ve often wondered about those words. I understand that Jesus is fully present and that He is trying to call me into participation with Him and His Kingdom. What I have missed, or better yet, sometimes ignored, is that Jesus is pulling me into “this moment.”
God is looking for me to put my hope and trust in Him today, ALL day long, not just tomorrow or when I’m in need of Him. He’s challenging me to see all the moments of my life as being filled with meaning. Each moment is filled with the presence of God, but sometimes I’m so stuck on the future that I skim right by the current moments. As a result, I’m trying to start my days differently. I want to start each day by praying and asking God to give me a clear understanding of the moments of each day. I’ll still plan and dream about the future, of course, but I’m going to try concentrate more on each moment as well!
How about you? If you find that you’re like me–inclined to overlook the moment in order to get to the future–I encourage you to seek God in prayer.