Zachary wants so badly to walk. He pulls himself up on everything, holds on with one hand, and…falls to the floor. The fact is, his body is just not ready for walking. He does not yet have the necessary balance or core strength.
He does, however, have everything he needs right at this moment to crawl. But he doesn’t want to crawl. He sees the rest of us walking and it looks so amazing, so big, so enticing. Crawling…well, that seems so boring. Crawling is for babies 🙂 .
I was having a little chat with him this afternoon telling him, Zach don’t fixate so much on walking. Keep working on the crawling! You’re not ready for walking yet. But THIS (crawling), this you could be doing right now! And you know what, in doing it, you’ll get what you want. You’ll be able to move from here to there all on your own! AND you’ll be preparing yourself for walking when the time comes.
Hmmm…this sounds familiar…
My conversation with Zach resembled many conversations I’ve had with myself. How many times have I wanted to skip over THIS and get right to THAT?
“De, don’t fixate so much on that over there. Stay right here where you are. Don’t miss the opportunities presented by THIS present moment! You’re HERE because you’re not ready to be THERE yet.”
While this is not usually the reality I want to be reminded of, it is the truth! God has provided THIS experience for me to help prepare me for THAT one, yet to come.
The only place I can learn, grow, love, give, receive, LIVE is in this present moment.
We are meant to journey through life, not “arrive” somehow one day. Each step along our path readies us for what is to come, up around the next bend. The joy-full times and the difficult times. Each is a part of God’s plan and helps us grow in wholeness and holiness!
May God bless you with His peace and presence throughout your journey!
Thoughts for us to ponder:
- What would it be like to limit your thinking about the past, your dreaming about the future, and completely immerse yourself in the present moment?
- What will you gain each time you bring your thoughts and your heart right back to NOW?
Copyright 2016 De Yarrison