|The Present by Cole Thomas (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).|
Last night I had what I would call an "awakening." Feeling that I've given too little time to God over the course of my life, too little time to prayer, too much time to trivialities, I experienced a different reaction than I've had to such thoughts in the past.
Rather than my usual "woe is me, I've wasted too much time, I'll never 'make up for it..,'" last night I felt a gentle whisper of hope. If I could put it into a sentence, it was as if I sensed the words: "but you have right now."
I have right now. Knowing this in a kind of "flash," I realized that I could not turn back the clock and re-live minutes of years ago, last week, or even yesterday morning. However, I had the moment of right then. I could pray at that very instant, talking spontaneously to God, and I did so. I could choose anew to live for Christ, in that moment, and I did so.
I have forgotten to pray more often than I'd like to admit during the course of my life; sometimes I find prayer a struggle. But in each moment, I am given a new opportunity. A fresh, shining, precious chance to at least speak to God when I think of Him. A moment in which I can connect with Him, offer a word of thanks or praise; a moment in which I can start anew.
"Every moment comes to us pregnant with a command from God, only to pass on and plunge into eternity, there to remain forever what we have made it." (St. Francis de Sales)
I have Right Now.
Nancy originally posted this on her blog The Breadbox Letters.