being in the moment
By Annette Chau
October 1, 2020
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A few weeks ago I took the kids to their annual physical. So excited to check a box off my list, I didn't even bother to notice how worried they were to be getting their vaccines. I knew it was a good day when I saw the sign posted on the door that flu shots were also available and being offered early this year! As our pediatrician entered the exam room to greet us, she immediately knew something was wrong even behind the masks my kids were wearing. Setting down the papers in her hand, she asked the kids why they were so subdued. When she realized how nervous they were about their pending shots, she quickly went from doctor mode to friend and sat them down for a minute of mindfulness. She asked the kids to close their eyes, take a deep breath in and a big breath out while focusing on her voice and being in the moment.
These days it takes a lot of effort to be in the moment. Undoubtedly, life has changed. Our routines have changed. Work processes have changed. Even the way we buy groceries has changed. We have gone from familiarity and into the unknown. More often than not, it seems instinctual to live in “fast forward” rather than being in the moment. Yet even when we are hurried in hopes of the next best thing, the Lord is still graciously and willingly with us in each moment. The prophet Isaiah tells us, "Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4) How comforting to know there is no other God who acts on our behalf. Even when we go through our day and forget to check in with Him, He is there. "I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’" (Isaiah 65:1 NIV) We are always with Him, moment by moment. "Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear." (Isaiah 65:24 NIV)
How kind and loving is the God we serve? He is over each and every circumstance and yet ever present with us. His strong hands are capable of our burdens, big or small. Take a minute this morning and close your eyes. Take a deep breath in, and a deep breath out. Be in this moment and focus on the voice of Jesus.
"Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
— Psalm 73:25-26
Prayer to start with: God, thank you for being our Father and our Friend. Give us the faith to know we can always depend on you to be present in our lives.