Present Moments Are Guiding Stars
Our present moments are not moments to idly pass through, but they are sacred times to relish and appreciate. We call these moments special, because they are where our God is closest to us. Our God, “I am who am,” chooses the present moment to visit us. He appears like a personal star glimmering with something unique to show, and chooses this moment to display its contents.
God wants us to savor each present moment and discover its meaning. Since God made us to love, He uses these moments to communicate that love brings insights into who we are, and where He is leading us. At other times, it may be the light we need to expel the dark and shadowy clouds that overshadow us. Or God may simply want to affirm His love in a simple gentle way. Plainly stated, God uses present moments to send what we need for our journey!
Present moments are our endless opportunities given to recognize our gifts, discover our talents, understand our personalities, learn to live in our part of His kingdom, and more easily grasp what we can offer the world while here.
Through present moments God sends us the awareness, attentiveness, patience, and willingness to claim that certain something that is missing, and we need to find. Remember, the three wise men roamed a great distance before they discovered the purpose for their long quest.
Or it may be the needed vision to see the obvious because we are blinded by life’s distractions. Mathew, the future apostle who left tax collecting because Jesus called, knew in that present moment he had stumbled upon his star, and he rose to follow it.
What’s in our present moment right now? What are we being asked to become, to leave, to do, or to consider? Every present moment comes with a choice which we are asked to carefully ponder and not disregard. Of course, after thoughtful consideration, we may choose to do nothing right now. This is a choice. What we didn’t do is waste this present moment by choosing nothing. We chose, "not right now." Whether it be personal or spiritual, growth happens from mindful choices.
What the Lord wishes is that we don't avoid responsibility by choosing nothing. When we choose nothing, we tend to blame others for the choices we needed to make. And we dim the light of the star that is our present moment. Present moments nourish us to own and to shape our lives in the ways our heart and the Holy Spirit are leading us.
When we see every present moment as opportunity and gift from God, it’s easier to trust in a loving God to lead us safely, securely, and steadily forward. For a loving Lord will only take us where we can be closer and nearer to His embrace.
Therefore, with each present moment we face, never fear the tug of the Lord. God is only leading the children He loves in the direction home where we can live with Him forever.