Be Present

By Joe Moss

  In July 2014 I became a father.  What a rush!  There’s a lot to take in and learn when you become a parent for the first time.  And one thing I’ve learned after being a Dad for a year and half… you can’t rush the process. 

Lately my son Kevin has been teething.  If you’ve never had children allow me to enlighten you… this is pretty much the most miserable thing ever (not really)!  Their little gums bleed, they get headaches and ear infections from all the drool.  Honestly, it’s probably harder on Mom and Dad than the baby. Ha!

When Kevin goes through a couple days of misery, I catch myself saying “I just wish we could speed this up” or “I wish we could go back to when he was first born (and easy)”, as if speeding up time or going back would get me out of my discomfort and into a perfect setting where I don’t have to deal with this issue anymore.  How naive?

How many times in life have you ever wished you could just speed up and get through the day or hard season you were in? Or maybe you’ve wasted a day dreaming of a day long ago when life was better.  I’m reminded of a scripture in Isaiah 43 where God reminds His people to be present in the moment.  I love how the Message bible phrases this in 43:16

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 43:16 MSG

You see, sometimes when we get hung up on the past, and even the future, we can miss what God is doing or teaching us in the moment.  And when we get to distracted we can completely miss the blessings He’s given us too.  He always doing new things in our lives, but we have to stay focused to truly be aware of Him. 

God, help me to be present and alert in my life.  Even though things aren’t perfect, I choose to trust you in every moment and season.  Show me the new things you want to do in me and through me so that I can be available to your Spirit that is leading me.  Amen.

Joe Moss, Worship Pastor