I remember a season of my life when I ventured into the thrilling quarters of my parent’s spare room at their house in Upstate New York. 23 and still living with the parents. Can you say winning? Prior to moving back home I was attending a school in California and traveling all over the world seeing signs, wonders, and miracles. Talk about a season shift from travel to seclusion. But all joking aside I found that this season was more pertinent to my relationship with God than if I were to continue travel and ministry. So, I was left with months of transition time to ask God the big question of Why. I believe this to be the first and most important question you must ask yourself when you feel like the rug has been swept from under your feet.
- Enjoy where you are. This is probably the most important skill that one can develop for their entire life. It isn't conclusive to one season but inclusive of all of them. Enjoying where you are shows God that you believe He is faithful for the promises He has made towards you. About a month into looking for work with nothing to do to fill my days I felt the challenge arise to enjoy the moment I was in. I took it literally. God's challenge was in the form of a question to my heart, "If you can't enjoy the present where you are, how will you enjoy the future that you desire?" Enjoyment reveals your trust in Christ. However, I can't teach you to enjoy your life, but I can show you the door to enter into.
- "As thy days, so shall your strength be." Deut. 33:25 I've noticed a progression in my life that when I set time away with God to get low and surrender in the quiet of the secret place my life has flourished no matter what I was doing. Jesus actually yearns to tell us the secrets of His heart and the answers to life around us. Read this beautiful verse to see what Jesus has told us to do. "What is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs." Matt. 10:27. The problem arises when people don't get alone with God to hear the whisper, they will miss out on what they are supposed to shout. A lot of Christians now-a-days are shouting but haven't heard a whisper. How does this relate to creating momentum? Good question. Here's the answer. Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
- Remain Present. When Israel was released from their captivity and brought into the wilderness they always lived in two spaces of reality; the past, and the future. However, both of them kept them from the Present. They were chained to the comfort of their past and the fear of unknown in their future so they missed out in the now that God wanted to bring them into. Being a dreamer and visionistic person I can't help but to dream for what God has in store for me later in life, but my very dreaming for what is to come can be a block to what God is doing now. If I become too future minded I'll never life presently focused. In order to make it to the future you need to partner with what God is doing in the present. The present is the ever-continuing foundation for what He plans to do in and through you later in life. So remember, dream for then but embrace the present wholeheartedly!
Thank you, Father, for the now and what you have planned for the future, may I be ever present in your precious gift of time so that none of it may be wasted with the good and mighty plans you have for me.