I live in the moment, at least sometimes. But, I think that we are supposed to live in the moment all the time, and in every situation. So, what do I mean by that? Well, I can tell you that I don’t mean we should never plan anything. Planning is good, and we have all heard Proverbs 16:9, which says “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps”. So, do you catch the difference between the first part of that verse, and the second part? THe first part “man plans”, is what we do ahead of time, in preparation for an expected situation, meeting or trip. That is all good. But the second part “the Lord directs his steps”, is active and functioning in the moments when the situation, meeting or trip are actually occurring. You can think of it as God’s way of fine tuning our plans, or sometimes redirecting them completely. You see, we might put away some money for a rainy day, but God might tell us on one particularly sunny day that we need to use that money for something we didn’t anticipate. By the way, if you think I am leading up to asking your for money, you’re wrong. All I am saying is that be it money, food, clothing, labor, transportation, or my favorite pup tent, you can be sure God has a plan for that, and it might be the same, or it might be different from the plan I had made for whatever it is. So, how do we handle the fact that God not only changes out plans, but that He does so at the last minute. Well you can be like me, and go kicking and screaming with my nails scratching at the ground as God makes his plan clear, or…. You might want to consider a less painful approach that involves letting go and letting God do what He does best. That is He leads us moment by moment through the field full of land mines that I can’t see, but He can. And, He does this because He loves us, and he promises that “All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord and are called by His purpose”. Can it get any better than that? I don’t think so!
In the Moment – NLR Article for September
23 Thursday Aug 2012