Now is the time!
The busyness and bustle of relocating so much of the Churches activities has prompted me to do some reflecting over the last couple of weeks. It also provoked me to think about the future too as we step into a new season.
There is something very attractive about reminiscing about the past wearing rose tinted spectacles. I recalled the days of playing 5-a-side without needing to warm up for 20mins and not hurting so bad the next day you end up walking like an extra out of the Thriller video.
I know for others the past can be a snare. We can get entangled and wounded which stop us walking fully out of those days into our present and onto our future.
We get stuck living someplace we never planned or wanted to. The past no matter how good or bad was never intended to be our home. The past is meant to be a platform for our present and future. For me and my faith the past reminds me of his rescue. He has done it before…. Light always disperses the darkness… etc.
However there is equal danger in living too far ahead of ourselves. If we long for the future not rooted in our past and alive in our present we will achieve little other than some great daydreams. If we live awaiting for the perfect moment in the future to really launch into our dreams and calling we will wait an entire lifetime. As someone who has walked in the faith for 20 years let me tell you that the perfect moment does not exist. You could wait forever to see that all the ducks will never line up as you hoped. Thinking and dreaming of the future is no bad thing in fact I recommend a regular prescription of daydreaming. However we have to be a people that are present and active now not just dreaming of what might be.
We are to be fully present and alive in the moment. I love the way Jim McNeish puts it.
“Today is all you really have. Yesterday is a story and tomorrow might never come. What will you do today to take ground with your dreams?”
Why do we need to be focused on today? Simply because that is where you are this second. Now brings God into this never repeating moment of your life.
We can live a life yearning for the old days or snared by the pain/trauma of them and we miss the now. Equally we can live so fixated on the Future we also miss the present.
Whilst thankful for the past and looking to the future I need to grab hold of the destiny and what he has for me today
Using Mordecai transforming words to Queen Esther let us remember “you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4: 14)
Religion relegates God to yesterday and God becomes a trapped in history.
We must remain thankful for what God has done for us but it is not where he wants us to live.
We are hope filled for the future he has in store for us but people of faith reside in the NOW.