There are moments in life when I want the world to stop; that time when my beautiful bride and I stood before God, family and friends and committed our lives to each other; that time I carried our first-born daughter from the delivery room to hospital nursery, that special father-daughter dance at my girls weddings (I did not want that moment to end), that special time of dedication of my son as he followed God’s call into ministry, that perfect sunset on that island beach, that special time with friends…and I could go on and on about each moment. For in those spans of time I wanted to squeeze every drop out of that experience I could; the sounds, the sights, the aromas, the emotions, every fine detail so I don’t miss a thing.
Now the sad reality is that it is easy to be distracted and miss the instants-of-amazing. Our lives are busy and it seems much in this world pushes us to focus on what’s next, what we missed, or what we don’t have. So, we are not present in the moment, our minds are away, frustrated with unfulfilled expectations, grappling with our inner issues, or wrestling with those thoughts of all the items on our task list.
I remember a mentor telling me, “Wherever you are be all there!” He was challenging me to be present, to be in the moment, to slow down, take a breath and engage, to be there with my whole being, to let the world stop and revel in the occasion.
Being all there is very important as we live life in relationship with God. The challenge from the Bible is clear:
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
The words ‘be still’ from the original Hebrew (the language of most of the Old Testament) means to relax, quit striving, let your hands drop from work. It is the idea to be present and sense God. All through the Bible we are challenged to be present with God.
Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
To be present with God is to give attention to The Lord and His way of life, to set some time aside to dwell on who God is: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to notice how amazing God is and that He does the unfathomable in loving us and blessing us with purpose, meaning, salvation, and more (John 3:16, Roman 5:8, 1 John 4:9-10, 1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 3:1-6).
To be present with The Lord is to continually learn more of Him, recognizing His majesty, and giving Him and His way priority. John the Baptist from the Bible said it very plainly:
John 3:30 He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.
It’s difficult to be in a moment with The Lord when we are constantly thinking about ourselves. To be present with God is to let Jesus be central in life as LORD, the highest influence in life and push aside self.
Being present with Jesus is key to being present in all the other moments of life. Jesus said…
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
This Bible verse comes after a discussion Jesus had with His disciples who were struggling to be the moment, to be present with the life they were living. They were worried and distracted, so Jesus challenges them. This challenge is to keep Jesus central in life, life’s highest affection, to be in the moment, present with Him.
There are so many wonderful moments in life, moments to enjoy and delight in. I’m sure you are like me in wanting to take it all in and be present. Why not let The Lord be a factor and seek to be present with Him? It can be a key to being present in the moments of life.
Church is a perfect place to be present with God. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net .
Seeking to be present with The Lord along with you,