C. S. Lewis says, “It’s not the load that breaks us down, it’s the way we carry it”. In Isaiah 46, the Lord promises that because He made us, He will carry, sustain and rescue us. As I was driving home from bible study tonight, one of my dear friends sent me a word for the day. Dictionary.com has a word of the day that is sent out to people who subscribe to receive it. She stated that her sister had sent it to her and she wanted to share it with me and some others. Well, as I read it I began to think about receiving a daily word… On this website I can see today’s word, I can look back and see what the word was yesterday and the day before that, but there is absolutely nothing I can do to see what tomorrow’s word is going to be.
This gave me pause! I began to think about how rarely I used to live in the present moment, which is true for many people. We typically ponder over what has already happened or we worry about what may happen. In doing so, we miss what’s happening right now. The beauty of the present moment! I have grown to have an appreciation and an awareness for what God is doing RIGHT NOW – even in the little things. But I have to slow down to even acknowledge my present moments.
The more I thought about it, I realized there is nothing I can do to change what happened yesterday or the day before; and there’s no way I can determine what the Lord’s word will be for me tomorrow. But I can seek him at this present time. I can petition God for clarity, healing, God’s truth about my past experiences and pray for protection over my future endeavors. And while I might not be thankful for everything that’s happening in my present moment, I can certainly thank Him in everything that I am experiencing. When I do this, I’m able to embrace – that whatever I’m in, it is going to somehow work out for my good – because God is intentional!
So, give yourself permission to just be in the presence of God! Exercise what is called Otium Sanctum ~ Holy Leisure!!! Rest in God’s presence. Meditate on Isaiah 55:3-5, seek God and listen for your word of the day (your daily bread)…
Isaiah 55 (NLT)
3 “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. 4 See how I used him to display my power among the peoples. I made him a leader among the nations. 5 You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.”
Until then, take good care of you…