Right here, right now. If I could give you one bit of advice, based on everything I know about you, this would be it:
“ENJOY THE MOMENT”.
If I could, dear Seeker, I would take you for a long, slow walk just before sunset and have a conversation with you much like the one I had with someone yesterday and remind you of the simple things.
I know you want to trust God. I know you’re tired of being stressed and fearful and feeling responsible for a future that you really have no real control over. You believe that the LORD is Sovereign; so…
Take a deep breath. You’re alive.
Don’t let disappointments and frustrations control your day. Days may feel long, but life is short.
- Internet connections will run slow.
- Computers will crash.
- Health will come and go and come again.
- Appointments and deadlines will be missed.
- Events will be cancelled.
- Kids will break things.
- Appliances and vehicles will break down.
- Traffic will back up and you will miss a turn.
- Things will be misplaced.
It’s going to be alright. You already know it: God is on His throne, and you are not. Do you really think any of those unexpected-to-you, no-surprise-to-Him, things can thwart the plans of the Almighty?
Even “big deals” are not “big deals” unless we make them into “big deals” by forgetting about our bigger than we know God who made all things. And, if what’s on your mind seems like a big deal to you, it’s time you put things back in perspective and relax.
God can handle it. He has offered to take all our cares if we cast them on Him: off your mind, off your back, and on to his.
Don’t be shocked by these not so strange and unusual happenings. It is what it is, and it’s not the end of the world. He’s got it covered.
- Things are just things.
- Things can be replaced, if they even really need to be. Most things we can live without, and often living with them makes our lives simpler. No “thing” will last forever, anyway. And, remember, “nothing (no-thing) can separate you from the love of God”.
- Appointments can be rescheduled. Plans can be altered. And, you’ll never know what you really missed/avoided by an inconvenient divine intervention. Commit your day to the LORD, interruptions and all.
- People are just people.
- Kids will be moody and grumpy and disrespectful every now and again, just like you were when you were in the “still becoming” season of life. (By the way, you’re in a “still becoming” season of your own.)
- Spouses will say things that can be taken the wrong way. (Whether they meant it that way or not, they need to be graced and forgiven, just like you do for your own “speak before you think/pray” comments.)
- Friends will irritate and offend. (Need I mention how this proverbial shoe fits you, too?)
- You are just a person. And, if you’re replaying something from yesterday, ask forgiveness or forgive yourself, or let it go if that is what needs to be done.
So, whatever has a tendency to upset your day, look up and say, “Thank you.” Maybe it is an opportunity to build your character or your faith, but maybe it really shouldn’t be a big deal at all. Maybe it’s just something you should let go and over look.
“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverb 19:11 (ESV) … and I would add that faith makes us slow to fear, and it is also glorious to overlook an inconvenience or interruption or a disappointment, choosing to trust the LORD instead.
“Above all (NLT “Most important of all”), keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)
“Bear with each other” (NIV) “Make allowances for each other’s faults” (LNT) Colossians 3:13
Your blessings far out number the things that you are calling “not a blessing” at the moment. And, in the brilliant light of tomorrow, you’re “not a blessing” may wear a new label.
And, in the meantime, thank Him for the obvious.
“In everything give thanks…” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Like one of my favorite old Evie song my parents played when I was a wee thing said, “Just be thankful for the good things that you’ve got… The good things that you’ve got are for many just a dream; so be thankful for the good things that you’ve got.”
“give thanks for everything” (NLT) “always giving thanks for all things…” Ephesians 5:20 (NAS)
Start thanking Him, now, in this moment. Out loud, on paper, or in your head,… always, all through the day, for everything. This is the secret of contentment and really living in and enjoying the moment.
- for stained carpet, wobbly tables, leaky faucets, squeaky doors, pealing paint, … find the beauty and the blessing in it, remember the memories made and the people you made them with…
- the old neighbor with the long-long stories, for the town gossip, the kid with the runny nose and holes in his shoes, … for all the interesting people in your world. Every book, every movie, and every life is better with unique and well-developed characters. (I’m thinking of Anne of Green Gables’s Marrilla and Matthew Cuthbert, and Rachel Lynn, and Anne Shirley, of course.)
I thought you might like to know that I was on the receiving end of this conversation, and though Handsome’s words have been expanded upon by the Holy Spirit in the past 24 hours or so, the core wisdom and truth of his message to “enjoy the moment” are probably applicable to all of us women.
“ENJOY THE MOMENT.”
Tuck that away in your heart.
Slow down. Look around.
This is where the LORD wants you to live… right here, right now, in this moment. Trust Him. God’s will for you is more than just enduring life.
He has yesterday and tomorrow all under His Sovereign reign, and He really does have “the whole world in His hands”… that includes you and me, sister…and your itty bitty baby, and my not so little 6’4″ baby
…and the doctors, and the politicians, and the teachers, and the bankers, the soldiers, the college professors, the tech support, and the UPS man, everybody here, and everybody everywhere.
Knowing God is in control means we really can enjoy life, every moment, every day, and in every season.
It’s the enemy, not your heavenly Father, that would want you to shroud your spirit with gloom, worry, anxiety, fear, bitterness, doubt, insecurity, anger, frustration, hatred, resentment, tension, strife, or any other unsettling emotion that would smother your faith or douse your joy.
Remember who God is, enjoy Him and enjoy this moment with Him.
He is “I AM”, living and ever-present.
Dear Seeking Friend,
If you’re reading this, I am praying for you. May you remember that you are safe and secure “in Christ” and nothing can take you out of His hand; so may you rest peacefully in Jesus tonight, wake up refreshed in Jesus tomorrow, and walk in abundance in Jesus all through the day. May you see the handiwork of God all around you and hear the heavens declaring the glory of God when you look up. May the Holy Spirit quiet your heart, calm your spirit, help you to slow down, and enable you to view your circumstances with an unhurried gaze. May you have a twinkle in your eye and a happy expression as a result of your Heavenly Father’s love and the hope of eternity in your heart. May you be a source of contagious blessing to others as you choose to enjoy your moments, one by one. And, may you find yourself enjoying a divinely appointed walk with the LORD and hear Him say to you the words you are most needing to hear.
Keep Seeking Him… and enjoy the adventure, moment by moment.