Someone once said life is a never-ending journey and once the journey ends you are dead. Taking the journey moment by moment is the easiest way to deal with every part of the road. Living in the moment means your day is sub-divided into bite-size pieces in a way that a little piece of sad, anger, illness, pain, depression, will not take you down.
At the same time, be grateful for the happy moments too that make you want to go all the way on cloud nine.Those are the moments we all look forward to. Whenever we are in a difficult season, what we do best is looking forward to the moment the season will pass. It got me thinking how many times in life we let moments pass by while we are living for the next season. I am a victim of waiting for the next stage of my life to happen as soon as a season I don’t like comes.
For instance, when I was in high school, I couldn’t wait to finish and join campus. Specifically, to date real boys without either of my parents breathing down their necks and mine. Once I joined campus, I couldn’t wait to start working and have a real job be Miss Independent. Afterwards, I couldn’t wait to start on my post-graduate education. Immediately, I couldn’t wait to finish and get another job. The cycle goes on and on not wanting to stay in a place for so long.
Someday, I was listening to a sermon on YouTube and it hit me how life passed me by as I look forward to the next phase. I am too quick to denounce my current struggles and pray and plan for the next season. I realized that I am a sum total of both my high moments and low moments. Moreover, the times I wished would pass, are precisely the times that God turned to triumph in His own time.
There are stages in our lives that we underestimate the timeline. Truly, you thought you would be over it but you are still stuck there. According to God’s timeline, “It’s not time to come out yet.” Most times He wants to develop something in you that only He can get credit for. It’s easier to walk away and give up when we think it’s over or it’s not working out as we had planned. Consequently, wondering why Jesus is blessing others and leaving you behind.
What to do when you don’t feel like you can live in the moment.
Be grateful for the times God answered your prayers
Taking a moment and thanking God for the far we have come reminds us of how far He has brought us. Honestly, we may not be where we want to be but we are definitely not where we should be.
Don’t be frustrated whenever other people are blessed
I love the story in Mark 5:22-42 (the healing of the bleeding woman and Jairus daughter). When Jesus was on the way to heal Jairus daughter, a bleeding woman touched his clothes and he had to stop and ask who did it. Can you imagine the frustration Jairus had? His daughter was sick and here is Jesus asking who touched him in the presence of so many people around him. We are not told how long they spend there but what we know is the woman was healed and Jairus daughter died and was brought back to life.
Of course, they both needed Jesus and He showed up in both their situations differently. So whenever we feel frustrated, let us remember at one point we were the woman and Jesus had to stop to heal us. This time we have to wait like Jairus and He surely will give us our miracle.
Be present in your delay or obstacles
Walking away and looking forward to the next blessing is easier but we are encouraged to stay in the delay. In fact, the difficult path you are called to walk may be your only path to success. (Richard Paul Evans) In spite of what you are going through, live in the moment.
God is working while you are waiting
The woman had been bleeding for 12 years, Jairus daughter was 12 years old when he came to seek Jesus. God started working on the woman’s healing 12 years ago. Our timeline is usually very different from God’s timeline. Therefore, let us not get stuck on the timeline, we should find our purpose and ask God for strength to produce in the hardship.
God has to bring to completion anything He started
Whatever God has started, He will bring to completion no matter how long it takes. You have to run your race and that can’t be done if your eyes are on others. Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on other people to make comparisons. He is the author and finisher of our faith.
The game changes when we remember WHO we belong to. Let not the slightest provocation make us wilt and forget to live in the moment. Others before us have blossomed regardless of their difficult situations and life experiences. Life is a testing ground which will at times make us think the journey we are traveling is ours alone. But with us is a Sovereign God who seeks to know us intimately and journey with us.
The entire process of our journey makes us have milestones to mark where we have been. So for all the good and bad, tears and laughter, obstacle and victory, we should know the only way out is out is forward and through. For this reason, embrace it all and LIVE IN THE MOMENT each little moment.
“A period of darkness is essential in order to expand personal awareness. Experiencing sadness and loss makes a person appreciative of life, more tenderhearted, and open to living life as an ecstatic journey of discovery.” Kilroy J. Oldster
“Every man’s story is important, eternal, sacred; that is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous and worthy of every consideration. In each individual, the spirit has become flesh, in each man the creation suffers, within each one a redeemer is nailed to the cross.” Hermann Hesse.