This morning on my way to Church, it began to rain and I was on a seven-mile stretch of a narrow, windy, hilly road. As I looked in the distance, I saw a large truck with a ladder extended from it in the middle of the road. As I continued my drive, I began to be concerned because I didn’t see anyway to get around it. Attempting to figure it out in my head as I drove on, but before I knew it I was driving past this large truck because it was probably 100 feet from the road out in a pasture. It had only looked like it was on the road.
Then I quickly thought of fear problems of the future and knew when we turned to God, they are not even challenges. The “what ifs” we entertain just simply take away our joy and are imagined. Deuteronomy 31:6 states “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Praise God and stay in the present!
When we live in the past or the future, peace cannot be found. Error is never found in the present. The more we release regret of the past or fear of the future, peace is ours. 2 Corinthians 12:9 states, “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” Only gratitude and humility will keep you in perfection and harmony. God is the great “I Am”, not I was nor I will be!
Recently read where the word “nostalgia” has Greek roots meaning “returning home” and “pain”. That got my attention and I certainly don’t want that type of thinking to enter into 2017. 2 Corinthians 6:2 reads, “For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” That tells me that I need not entertain thoughts from the past. Homesickness is a temptation to believe we can be separated from our God, Good!
Today, I will practice staying in the present!
Joy can be experienced any time and anywhere. It does not depend upon our material comforts or circumstances. It is obtained by staying in the present, not from regrets of the past nor fear of the future but by staying with God. Often, we may think we will be happy when…. or if…..
Habakkuk 3:17-19 reads, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”
Today, being the New Year, there was a temptation to revisit the past when I remembered once a speaker saying, “When you are on an elevator, you don’t have to go to the basement; you can get off on any floor.”
While releasing the past and seeing the futility of future planning since it only robs me of the joy of the present, where my every need is being met by God, Divine Love, I am filled with humility and gratitude.
Then I glance out at the morning light and peace engulfs me.