It is almost too easy to be caught in the moment just about to unfold. I know that my patience often wears thin, letting me drift into the anticipation of the moment about to unfold. In reality, my imaginary world rarely unfolds as I anticipated. It is as if I have experienced something and when the real thing shows up I am unable to be present, to take in the full range of emotions, or to put what is happening into my stored memories. I lose the opportunity to fully engage in the moment, caught as it were in a virtual world limited by my imagination.
I am slowly learning that there is an alternative way of thinking, doing, and importantly, simply being. I can be in the moment at hand. I can let go of the past, remember, learning, and enjoying while it was here yet releasing it without reservation as it moves on. I can be alert for indications of what I need to be doing in the moment while I am letting the future appear on its own power. Everything can pivot in and on the moment at hand! I can appreciate the wonder of relationships. I can treasure what is. I can be present and fully available.
There are great examples of individuals that have taken this approach. In one, two strangers that had just met developed an extraordinary level of trust. Both were present and open to what might be. “As they continued down the road, they came to a stream of water. The eunuch said, 'Here's water. Why can't I be baptized?' He ordered the chariot to stop. They both went down to the water, and Philip baptized him on the spot.” (Acts 8.336, 37) Everything went against local convention. Yet, in their mutual response to the moment God moved.
Today will be full of moments of uncertainty and unknown. God calls us into the present. In the ordinary events of live, in the moment at hand, God invites us into conversation. It is an invitation worthy of our attention.
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