Living in the moment

Yesterday, I saw a beautiful sunset on my way home from work. I enjoyed every minute of it and thanked God for creating something so beautiful and for allowing me to enjoy it. As soon as I felt the gratitude for it in my heart, I heard God say, I made it for you. The realization brought me to tears and blessed my heart.

The beauty that surrounds us each day was made for us. God created it all for our benefit. So many times, however, I fail to notice His creation. I get so absorbed in the things that man has created that I fail to enjoy what God has created.

How many times have I been thinking about my problems or listening to the radio and never even glanced into the sky? How many times I have wasted my day by trying to live in the past or the future? How many masterpieces has God created for us that we never even noticed?

In the present moment, I can find peace. When I am fully present, seeking God with my whole heart, then I can find Him. The wonder of Him is all around us. Most of the time, we are just too busy to notice.

I love it when I can be fully present in the moment. I love it when I can quiet my mind so that I can hear the still, small voice of my Lord. The more I seek Him, the more He speaks to me. In the past week, I have really been working on being present. When I’m having a conversation with someone, I want to give them my full attention. When I’m reading my Bible, I want to concentrate and try to understand it. Instead of living on autopilot, I want to take time to enjoy my life.

I wash my hands numerous times each day, but I can’t even tell you the smell of the soap. Because I am just going through the motions without paying attention. But, I want to start paying attention to the small details of life. I want to take time to enjoy my coffee—instead of rushing through it. Sometimes I finish my cup without even realizing it because I am distracted. Then, I feel disappointed because I didn’t enjoy it.

I don’t want to finish my course one day and realize that I rushed through my life, but I never fully lived. I want to slow down and allow God to show me how to truly live my life.


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