Years ago my friend told me that I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Mind you, this came at a time in my life that was one of my lower points... my husband was broken physically, and I was carrying a HUGE load of additional responsibilities. I didn't believe it at first and complained that was not okay, because this was not where I wanted to be. Heck, it was a serious of terrible events that had brought me to this point in life. My wise friend told me to stop fighting the moment. She assured me that God knew exactly where I was, and I was where He wanted me to be for the moment. She told me to accept where I was at this point in life, embrace it because when I did that, I would finally understand the power of the moment I was in.
Well, I didn't truly understand her advice that day, but I pondered on it. How could it be that I was supposed to accept and be grateful for the horrible moment in my life? How could I believe this painful place was exactly where God wanted me to be? Surely, God wanted better for me than this, I thought. It took me years to fully understand, but now I see my friend was 100% right. There is great power in embracing where you are at this moment in life. However you got to this moment doesn't matter. Whether was a freak accident, series of mistakes or bad choices, or a series of good decisions or unexpected blessings, you are exactly where you are supposed to be at this moment. When you accept where you are without blame or ridicule for past mistakes and are not bound by the desires or dreams of the distant future, you can experience great power in the moment of now.
Living in the present can empower and inspire us to change the future from a more realistic vantage point. We need to remember we are not forsaken. We have not been abandoned, nor did this moment surprise the God of Heaven who watches over us. He is still with us, and in this present moment, He is blessing us and helping us. Be mindful of the power of living in the present moment. Do not despise its small blessings, for in them tomorrow's future begins. If you need encouragement for the small blessings in life, Our Daily Bread put out a great book on it. I've included it below.
"Do not despise these small beginnings,
for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin..."
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