Together, gals are de-cluttering, cleaning and cheering each other on as they do. It has been a blast.
While I love helping women get organized, there is something I love even more.
Helping them to embrace the ‘now’.
Now is not tomorrow.
Now is not next school year.
Now is not when the kids are grown.
Now isn’t always pretty.
Now is often messy.
It can be frustrating and flabbergasting.
It can be sad or stumping.
But really, all we are promised is now.
We can’t relive yesterday or last year or high school or a broken marriage or severed friendship.
We can’t fast forward to better days when this problem is over, that person is gone, our scale number reads lower or our pay check reads higher.
It is in the now that God wants us to pause; to look for him; to invest in others; to shift our attitudes or alter our course.
Now is when we see beauty in the baked-on mess of our pots and pans because it means we have plenty of food to eat while others go hungry. So we scrape and we pray for the poor, putting feet to our prayers with a donation to the food pantry or a check to charity.
Now is when we embrace the mess others make in our lives. Strewn flip flops and wadded clothes, uniquely scented with a combination of boy sweat and home plate, remind me of the sons God gifted me with. Can I whisper a prayer for their manhood and impact as I spy their stray articles? Or must I fume and fuss and pester again?
Now is when I sometimes cry and beg and plead for God to remove my fault, correct my attitude, or forgive my reoccurring sin. Could it be in the now that He is patiently waiting for my lips to stop moving and my will to begin bending? That might make now my friend, rather than my enemy.
What is God trying to teach you in your now?
James 1:2-4 says (in the Message paraphrase of the Bible) “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
Will you dare to embrace your now, whatever it may look like? To pause; to ponder; to shift your perspective to thankfulness. To let God do the ‘maturing’ work He longs to in your life?
Could you see a glimmer of good in your mess?
If you can, will you tell us here in the comments? Describe your unique now, whether grand or mundane, and then pull a thread of thankfulness out.
It will settle your heart and migrate your brain to the place where God is waiting. I promise.
I’ll go first.
My now includes a recently crashed computer, no longer usable, a husband laid off from work for most of the summer and many undone home and writing projects clamoring for my attention.
In the midst of it, I’m thankful the hard drive can be retrieved, the lay off is temporary, and my hubby is healthy so he may return to work when they call him back. Though pressed for time, I am able to work and write with no medical conditions stopping me. We have food, a home and family and friends.
And we have a God we can worship freely as a family at home and in our wonderful church body on Sundays.
I am blessed.
How about you?