The time is now. This saying can apply to most anything, but in thinking about how to #BePresent, it’s incredibly accurate. Our moments are measured by God. We only have so many, so let’s make the most of them now.
Thus far in our Lenten series of how to #BePresent, we’ve covered being Purposeful, in Real life, with our Eyes open to all that is around us. Being present has its own inherent Stress at times but it’s still important to make Every moment matter knowing God is Near. King Solomon, gifted with wisdom from God, tells us of the seasons of life in Ecclesiastes 3:1
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
He reminds us everything happens in its own timing. To wrap up our series, let’s look at how to #BePresent now, in this time. T=Time.
I’m a clock watcher, I like to know what time it is, enjoy being on time and hate being late. But too often I get caught up in plans, to-do lists, or what someone else may think is important and lose sight of the bigger picture. Missing the forest for the trees as they say. Which is why I love this Jimmy Buffet song describing a watch which always reads ‘now’ and if it bothers us we can just bow our heads and breathe in, breathe out, move on. Indeed.
Being present isn’t always easy. Yet if we want to live how God calls us, sometimes we need to wait, walk alongside or persevere through difficult times. We all have these moments and have different ways of being present in them. Some may defer, deflect, or push away being present in these moments. However, this can cause us to miss some of the most important moments of this time of our lives or what God is showing us in them.
For Christmas, I received a new camera and one morning was able to capture the beauty of the sunrise by clicking quickly. I was happy to be present enough to notice it since many times before, I’ve looked away, trying to find my camera and missed the moment. In less than two minutes, the beauty I beheld was gone. Just as the sun will rise whether or not anyone is witness to its glory, our lives will move on whether we choose to be present in them or not.
This time, this moment will never be here again. So, I’m still seeking to answer the question-“am I present, am I spending my moments well?” Digging into the nuances of how to #BePresent has helped me realize my answer is “not always.”
Things we do, the way we spend our time needs to adapt as we change and time moves on. What was important years or even moments ago may not be important now. However, the one thing I know and always want to be important is following God’s will for my life and helping those around me to do the same.
My current season in the ‘sandwich generation’ can be trying and wonderful, often at the very same moment! It’s a roller coaster of emotions at times. My attempts at being purposefully present are evolving, but I know I can do better. I don’t want to blink and miss a sunrise or my life as the band Revive reminds us in their song. Blink. So even though this Lenten series is coming to an end, I’ll still be seeking to #BePresent.
I pray this series encouraged and inspired us all to make the most of our moments in a purposeful way, in real life, with eyes open and even when stressful. Let’s be present in every moment knowing in them all, God is near. The time is now. It’s time to be present.
In writing this series, it’s increasingly evident my desire to be present and follow God’s will at this time includes a break from this blog. It’s been a draining season of life lately and it’s time to press pause and be present in my life and with loved ones. I hope to be writing here again soon, but for now, it’s time to #BePresent elsewhere.
I encourage you to pray and seek God’s direction for where, with whom, and how you can #BePresent today and in every time of your life. I’ll be praying for all of us and for God’s blessings upon you as we all seek to Follow His Footprints.