I awakened this morning keenly aware of the value of time and how precious every second. I sensed an urgency in my spirit that revealed, but for that very moment I might never have another chance to live, move and have being. I completely understood that time must be lived in the NOW because NOW is really the only instant we have. In the NOW it becomes increasingly clear that we have no control over anyone or anything—no–not even due dates, deadlines, schedules or plans. No wonder Jesus taught His Disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” NOW does not negate the past nor fantasize the future—it simply acknowledges the present and immediate moment. There is no room in the NOW for distractions from purpose. It demands complete focus on truly important matters–it is sacred and blessed space. It affirms the omnipresence of God and God’s promise to never leave nor forsake us. Living in the NOW eliminates stress, anxiety and worry.
What a gift is NOW. What a blessing to awaken to the beauty of a new day. How wonderful to witness the beauty of God’s great creation one more time! I regret that it took me so long to understand and appreciate the time I have been given. But as someone has said “when you know better— you do better.” That is true for me because I have known better for some time, but it is only today—right NOW that I resolve to do better with this life that God has given me. I make neither apologies nor promises, I simply acknowledge this moment that reminded me — NOW is all the time I have, but with God, Now is all the time I need.
I leave you with these words of Writer, Ira Stanphill that perfectly capture my thoughts this morning:
I don’t know about tomorrow;
I just live from day-to-day.
I don’t borrow from its sunshine
for its skies may turn to grey.
I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him;
For He knows what lies ahead.
Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
but I know who holds tomorrow
and I know who holds my hand.
PRAYER: Father, help us to understand that “living in the NOW,” is simply living one day at a time to our fullest potential. May we do so with grace and joy to the Glory of God. In Jesus’ Name we pray, AMEN.