Be Here. Be Present.


If you’ve been around this corner of the internet for a while, you may recall, that one of the things we talk about a lot through the years is embracing your “now” and dwelling in the present.

No matter where you are in your life, it can be SUCH a challenge to simply be in the present–right here, right now.  Whether it’s your current location, your current season of life, or the people who surround you, we can be so busy looking backwards or forwards that we miss what’s happening right in front of us.

Many of us, are so caught up anticipating the future–once I graduate, once I land my dream job, once I’m married, once I have kids, once I’m settled in my house, once my kids are off to college, once I retire–that we miss out on the NOW.

Or, alternatively, some of us are stuck looking backwards, longing for the past and the things that were in the “good old days,” that we forget to enjoy the life we have and simply be present, right where we are.

Recently, I heard a translation of a verse that I’ve always loved that I think speaks to this so well, particularly for those of us who are stuck looking backwards:

“Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
    It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”
Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG)

Right here, right now, God is moving.  Right here, right now, God has things for us to do, people for us to love, places for us to go, and missions He needs us to accomplish.

Our job?  To “be alert, be present,” and have eyes to look and see what he’s doing NOW.

Let’s not be so caught up looking forward or backward, that we miss out on what God has for us in the present.

“God’s Spirit beckons.  There are things to do and places to go!”
Romans 8:14-15 (MSG)

Never underestimate the importance of simply being physically present in the place where God wants you.”
-Warren Wiersbe