Missing the Moment

Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. –Psalm 25:4-5 (NLT)

One morning, I thought about all the stuff that I had to do: the classes to prepare; the talks for the upcoming youth conference where I would be speaking; the projects around the house; the storage unit to organize; and the co-workers I had to supervise and encourage. Looking over my “to-do” list, I found my heart starting to race and it was only 5:45 a.m.

I’ve always been a person who was primarily driven by the horizon: the dreams, visions and hopes of upcoming days where the promises of newness and transformation lie. It has been my passion to be emerging into the life that God wants me to ultimately live; however, the problem with this is that I miss the moments where God is actually attempting to grab my attention.

So many times Jesus had said, “if only you had eyes to see and ears to hear.” I’ve wondered about those words for hours. I understand that Jesus is fully present and that He is trying to call me into participation with Him and His Kingdom. What I have missed, or better yet, ignored, is that Jesus is pulling me into this moment.

God is looking for me to put my hope and trust in Him today, ALL day long, not just tomorrow or when I’m in need of Him. He’s challenging me to see all the moments of my life as being filled with meaning. Each moment is filled with the presence of God, but I’m so stuck on vision and dreams that I skim right by them. As a result, I’ve decided to start my days differently. I’m going to start each day by praying and asking God to give me a clear understanding of each moment. I’ll still plan and dream about the future, of course, but I’m going to concentrate more on each moment as well!

How about you? If you find that you’re like me–inclined to overlook the moment in order to get to the future–I invite you to join me in this daily prayer!

1. Take a moment to review your day yesterday. How might God have tried to grab your attention along the way?

2. How can you be better prepared today to keep in step with God through each moment of the day?

Psalm 25; Psalm 4; Genesis 2:1-3; Matthew 14:13-14

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Robin Dugall

A long-time contributor to HomeWord's daily devotionals, Robin is Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church of McCall, Idaho and Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church of Cascade, Idaho. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.

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