In my early morning prayer and conversations with God, all of a sudden, it hit me, much like a ray of light illuminates a space after clumsily stumbling around in the dark.
Be PRESENT with ME.
It can be quite the challenge with our thoughts pinging around from one distraction to another… even as I try to write this blog, the nonstop email notifications popping up on my screen… another thief of my one-on-one time with God. So I stop, search through my settings, hoping this time I’ve figured out how to disarm the notifications. Jackpot! I think I got it… nope, there it goes again. At least I’ve muted the sound. And once again, I attempt to reclaim and honor my precious, incomparable time with the Lord. Doesn’t He deserve so much more?
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19: 14
As I was struck with what the Lord had for me today, He continued to give me a clear analogy. Imagine you are a soccer (futbol) player–which side note, I am the least athletically inclined person you may ever meet, so its hilarious that this was the vision, but nonetheless, there is a point… Imagine you have this dried out, partially deflated, ancient ball… this ball you hold on to because it represents so many amazing beautiful winning goals and now you hold onto it tightly because you don’t want to loose the “glory days” back when you won all the time. In your current plight, things seem dismal and pale in comparison to the wonderful times before, so you fiercely hold on to that sad little ball. Then someone appears before you and offers you this brand new, top-of-the-line, soccer ball (futbol)). You look at this spectacular offering, yet you are still gripping on to this old ball which only represents “what was”…
Albeit the vision a bit strange, the intention was crystal clear. God is constantly offering us an upgrade, something far greater than anything of our past. But we are consistently looking back. Or perhaps you find yourself in the opposite side of the spectrum, obsessed with what is coming. Either way, we rob ourselves of the “here and now”. Reflect on those moment where you slow down your mind and body, and truly take something in complete. “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37: 4 What an assurance! Once again reminding us of how great & powerful HE is and even more so, HIS promises of glory in eternity outweigh any earthly thing or experience.
There’s a reason that saying “stop and smell the roses” has resonated through decades upon decades. Some of my most amazing moments with getting lost in the AWE & WONDER of the ALMIGHTY GOD is when I stop and stare at something as simple as a leaf. I begin to absorb each little vein, each variation in color and shape… then I begin to realize how it is connected to this limb of many limbs, upon branch of many branches, connected to this mighty trunk, which extends up and stretches up to the heavens, digging down just as deep and wide, and the trunk expands in circumference with nutrients coursing through every milimeter… and all that to say, this is ONE tiny creation in the midst of His amazing creations, and yet just like the scripture reminds us, “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:30-31 How that blows my mind! HE knows every hair on each of our heads at all times, which is truly amazing if you think about it. HE meets us right where we are, in the messiest of messes and the most broken of brokenness, and HE sees us, loves us, and wants to redeem, heal and have an everlasting , deep relationship with each of us. And never ever, does HE find less value or more value than your brother or sister. “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12: 4-5
If you can truly get quiet, in a dedicated space and preserved time, where you meet with the Lord everyday, you will be amazed with what He gifts you in that moment. Even if it looks like pain and suffering on the surface, get quiet with the Lord… pray to Him, speak to Him, sit still with Him… the point is, be in the present with Him and you will truly know what it means to be in HIS PRESENCE. “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.” Psalm 89 15