Fully Present

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God.”  (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent far too many years of my life “seeking the will of God” (aka….trying to figure out all the details of my life).    

But the more that I come to fall in love with Jesus, the more I realize he’s just not quite interested in me knowing all the specifics.  The romantic lover that he is is much more interested in taking me on a wild journey filled with surprises —teaching me to be fully present with him and others on a daily basis.  

A couple of months ago I was taken through a God encounter at my job. (Don’t know what that is?  Basically it’s an interactive experience in your imagination believing in faith the Holy Spirit is speaking.)  In this encounter, I saw a vision of Jesus and I going on a walk; he wanted to speak to me of what’s to come.  However Jesus in my vision, turned to me and said “I don’t want to walk there.  I want to dance there.”  It was really sweet, but low key…I was initially annoyed.  I was so ready for him to show me all that was ahead, but instead he wanted me to be fully present and lock eyes with him while he led me on this journey.  

My stubbornness didn’t exactly last long in this vision considering the nearness of Jesus became intoxicating.  (You guys, theres something so sweet about believing in faith what you’re seeing is actually God.  Its truly is one of the most satisfying and comforting experiences.)  Needless to say, I became very aware of how disinterested Jesus was in showing me all the intricate details of his promises.  He was much more interested in connection.  And the more I come to know God and read about his interactions with his people in Scripture, the more I come to realize the fullness of this revelation.  

God's number one priority is connection and intimacy with his children.    

Which is why God often refrains from giving us the exact details of our callings;  he loves when his children lean into him as their only source.  This is where true satisfaction comes from —intimacy, connection, belonging.  

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During the most trying season of my life (currently), God is leading me to go digging for his treasure that I wouldn’t exactly be able to find unless I was desperate enough to go get it.  This kind of treasure can only be found through discipline…determination…persistence.  

And out of all the wild treasure I’ve found in this lovely (sometimes not so lovely) wilderness, I must say the one thing I’ve learned the most…

to be fully present…

In. Every. Little. Thing. I.  Do.  

Every day of my life, no matter the circumstance, I am given the opportunity to choose joy.  Scripture says the will of God is to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all things.”  This has absolutely nothing to do with thinking about tomorrow.  It was everything to do with the NOW.  It has everything to do with connection with Jesus in his presence on a daily basis.

Every day the Lord prepares a feast for me. It’s my daily bread for the taking.

The problem is most of the time I’m far too busy thinking about tomorrow’s feast.  And I spend my days eating the scraps from yesterday’s feast because I have zero expectation to wildly encounter God TODAY.  

So what does fully present even look like? 

Well, heres what I’ve concluded so far...

When I wake up in the morning, I want to wake up dreaming for the beautiful things God has in store for that specific day.  I want to walk into my quiet time on my porch with full expectation that God is going to speak to me. He's going to give me insight into his voice and his word, and this is going to propel me into the rest of my day from feasting off his bread.  .  

When I am with a person, I want to look them dead in the eyes and listen and love them as if they were the only person that mattered in that moment.

When I am eating good food, I want to savor every little bite.  I want to take note of the flavors, while thanking and praising God in the midst.

When I am in a certain environment, whether enjoyable or not, I want to be aware of what God is saying and how he feels about the people amongst me.  I want to know where Jesus is and what he is doing/saying in that moment.  

When I am in a crowd, I want to know who God is highlighting for me to love on and be the hands and feet of Jesus to.  I want to look at the person as if he or she is the only person in the room.  

When I encounter a blessing, no matter how much "lack" I feel in my life, I want to sing and shout for joy because my heart is overflowing with thankfulness.  I don’t want to be so consumed with contending for a massive breakthrough that I forget the little day-to-day blessings.  

To sum it all up in a few words….I want to be joyful and thankful for TODAY.  

I'll let God take care of tomorrow. It’s so much better his way :)

 

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