I was struck with the phrase, “today is here and now,” recently. While that sounds a little simplistic and obvious, I can't help but think of the recent events that have changed lives forever. There have been fires ravaging the Western states of Montana, Wyoming, California, Oregon and Washington.
A deadly heat wave is occurring in Italy, France, Switzerland and other countries, while deadly monsoons are wreaking havoc across India, Pakistan and more. Hurricane Harvey, down in Texas created catastrophic destruction with enormous flooding, followed by Hurricane Irma in Florida, while Hurricanes Lee and Maria hover on the outskirts.
As I watched the storms days before they hit land, I couldn't help but feel uneasy. It was probably justified, given their strength, even though our particular family wasn't directly affected. Since the storms, there has been comments on both sides of the board. Some share horror stories of losing everything they had, including loved ones. Others recite miracles, because not only was their home spared, but lives, as well.
As my anxiety from the storms rose, as they neared land, I was reminded that regardless of my emotions, there was not a single thing I could do about it! I had to leave the results in a Power much higher and greater than mine. That might sound trite to the family who lost everything, yet, that's truth.
Granted those in the direct path of the storms were encouraged to evacuate and if they didn't heed the warning, placed themselves and their families at risk. That's not to say, even fleeing would guarantee safety, because not one of us is promised a single breath past our last one.
Still, the point is, we have to live for today--- like it could be our last one. This is now...this is the moment we must focus on, put our trust in an all knowing God, and move forward. Worrying about tomorrow and over things we have no control, is futile and will always fail us.
We can hold onto our memories and even have dreams and goals to work toward. But we do not own those moments. When we rely on our memories, regardless how cherished, to move forward, we will find we are destroying the progress of today. This is our moment---our gift, if you will. This is now, our current center, and the place we must choose to move from, ---forward – if we plan on living life to the fullest, and in the way God intended.
When we can believe in God's grace, knowing he wants only the best for us....especially when life's trials seem more than we can deal with, we will experience peace beyond understanding---even when we are experiencing trials or grieving.
So I encourage you to reach way down within you. Dig out the remains of your faith, and be thankful for wherever you are and whatever blessings you can can see--- and perhaps, even in your sadness, those blessings that seem to be alluding you. God is all around, and often more so when we are at our worst. He wants us to call out to him in our distress.
Will our broken world see an immediate fix? Likely no; but with a positive attitude and new found faith, we can change our moments, so "now" is manageable, regardless the situation.