It amazes me that a friend gave me the book “One Thousand Gifts” over two years ago and I read it then cover to cover, soaked it up, so to speak, my soul was so dry and desperate to know God more, to experience him where I was which at the time was a dark and empty place. So here I am two years later and still reading it – I do that, read books over and over when they move me like this one does and today I read: This is where God is. In the present.
Wait a minute was that there two years ago; was it there last year, 6 months ago? I don’t remember it hitting me like its hitting me now, why is that? What do I need to know, what is it that I need to believe about that statement today?
I love how God does this, points us to something then brings people to speak that truth and we know it is Him reminding us of His truth, and His promises. That happened to me today a reminder that He is here, now in the present.
1 Timothy 4:10 says that “our hope is in the living God”. “Living” the key word for me. He is active and present in the NOW here in this very day! How easy it is to forget that when things aren’t going the way I would like them to go, when things don’t seem worth being thankful for, when life seems less than full and closer to empty the truth is no matter what is going on, no matter what I am experiencing, God is in it currently. This is where he is – WITH ME.
A friend who shared something both simple and profound reminded me of this very thing; she told me that even on the greyest of days the sun still rises, on cue, it is a constant and faithful friend to her. God spoke to her and told her that the rising sun is mercy. God is still present and in control and faithful to see me through the day ahead and because of a new day, someone has the opportunity to receive the Lord. Many will be saved today because the sun has risen, mercy shining over us, opportunity to know Him. The Kingdom will grow today. This is where God is, in the present. Living a full and thankful life doesn’t mean not experiencing the hard, what living a full and thankful life means is that regardless of where we are and whether it be pain or joy we are experiencing we need to remember and believe that God is experiencing it with us, RIGHT NOW. We don’t have to ask him to be with us, He already is, right here, right now, in the present. He is the living God who loves us and gives us day after day after day to spend with him. This is a full life, a life of thanks worth giving.
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15