So, we have this cat named Dusty. I sometimes wonder what’s going on in his “cat brain” as he lounges around most of the day. I doubt he thinks much about the past. He has no “regrets” of past behavior that rob him of his sleep. I also doubt he worries about the future. “What if my food dish is empty tomorrow?” probably never crosses his mind. Dusty lives in the moment. Humans are quite different than animals. We often dwell on the past. In a good sense, we can learn from past experiences; but, too often, our focus on the past creates painful memories and regret. We also project ahead and imagine the future. Here again, this can be good for us as we interject hope into our thoughts. However, the future can be a scary place, and our human nature tends to gravitate toward worry and anxiety. What can we do to overcome past regret or future worry? God’s Word teaches us the importance of “being present” in the right now. Paul told the Ephesians, “Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (5:16-18). The phrase “be filled with the Spirit” is a present imperative (in the passive) which basically means, “Let God keep on filling you now!” I have noticed in my walk with God how easily I can be distracted from the moment because of the past or future. However, when I simply walk with Jesus right now and depend on His Spirit this moment, life takes care of itself. Yes, the Lord wants us to learn from the past…and to anticipate the future, but He calls us to abide in Him in this present moment. Lift up your soul to Jesus right now, and you will discover He is the great I AM.
Prayer: “Lord, help me not to miss the opportunities right in front of me. Please fill me with your Spirit right now…in Jesus’ name!”
Pastor Mark Boucher