NOW. My word for the year. Such a small word, but it carries so much power.
All I had to do was read the following quote in my journal and I knew this word was mine…”Look for heaven here on earth. It is all around you.”
God lives in the Now, here in our midst, and longs to shower us with joy and peace and grace. He has already scattered moments of fresh joy and life all around us and just waits for us to notice and embrace them.
The Next Door
He’s like a loving, excited father who has prepared a room full of toys and excitement and then waits for his child to come through and see. But so often we run straight through the room without a second glance, right up to the next door, to either stand and stare at it or bang on it impatiently.
And we’ve failed to see that we’re already standing in the midst of great joy and blessings. We’ve failed to see Jesus. If only we would stop and look around us.
If we spend our life waiting with our noses against the next door to our lives, we can’t see the blessings here and now right in front of us. Sure the present doesn’t always look great or feel great. We often go through trials or difficult times. But there are still blessings and joy to be found.
In fact, sometimes God wants us to seek them out instead of Him just giving them to us because there is sometimes more joy in the discovery of joy than in the joy itself. A bright light seems so much brighter when it illuminates darkness than when it’s already shining, doesn’t it?
No Control Isn’t a Bad Thing
With the 5 foster kids God has blessed us with right now, there is a very real possibility that we may be adopting 5 kids in the year 2016. And there is a possibility we may be childless once again before the year is over. Only God knows what our future holds.
I’m done trying to figure it out or worry over it or waste any more time thinking about it when I truly have no power over it anyway. I have no control here. And that’s okay. As long as I stay close to the One who does.
But this not knowing has made me realize how important the word NOW is. If our kids end up leaving, I had better cherish every moment I have with them. If they end up staying, I don’t want to look back when it’s all said and done and regret missing all the joy of this time in our lives together because I was too busy worrying about the next.
A New Perspective on BUSY
Still, living in the Now doesn’t always mean we just relax in the present time and do nothing. NOW also means the opposite of procrastinating or being lazy or inactive.
With 5 kids I don’t have time to be lazy or inactive…obviously. 🙂 But the word Now holds a freshness and spirit with it that makes my being active and busy seem more of an opportunity than a chore. NOW means I get to, not I have to. NOW means a fresh new day with new opportunities and blessings, not another day with burdens and tiresome obligations.
NOW = Freedom
NOW shouldn’t cause anxiety or stress though. It doesn’t mean you have to do everything right now. It means you just have to focus on what’s in front of you right now. When we focus on Now, we realize the finiteness of the present time and how impossible it is to try to do everything at once. You can only do what God has put before you to do Now. The rest will come Later, and there will be plenty of time for Later.
Therefore, NOW is not stressful. It is freeing. NOW releases us from the burden of time. Because NOW isn’t tied down to a timeline. It is the only thing that exists in any present moment. And the only thing that matters.