Friday, March 13, 2009

Living in the eternal present

Today’s Reading: John 20:28 (NIV)

28 Thomas said to [Jesus], “My Lord and my God!”

Good morning!

It is often hard to recognize the gift of the present. We need to learn to see it each day. For what we have right now in this moment, is more precious than we can possibly comprehend. Breathe in. Feel the air passing through your nostrils, filling your lungs with fresh, new life. Breathe out. Exhale the carbons and let go of the unnecessary. Every breath is God’s precious gift – a constant and vital reminder of His eternal presence living inside of you.

Sometimes we forget to breathe, and often, we forget we are breathing at all. Have you ever tried to count the number of times you take a breath each day? Unless the wind is knocked out of me, or I cannot catch my breath after exercising, I am often unaware of the life-giving air flowing in and out of my body. I need to stop and appreciate the gifts I’ve been given.

What is it like to live in the eternal present? For Thomas, this was the moment he had longed for. Seeing His Lord for the very first time as Savior of the world drew him immediately into the eternal present and into the presence of Christ. The fresh breath of fresh life filled Thomas with a new hope; he knew everything had changed at this moment as He knelt before the presence of His Lord. In wonder and awe, Thomas spoke these words, “My Lord and my God!”

Living in the eternal present is a gift from above. It is the moment we look toward, when all things come together and this life lunges toward perfection in Him. From the very first breath we take as we make our debut from the womb into the world, until we breathe our very last, taking a fresh breath of the eternal in the arms of Jesus, we are living in God’s eternal present. Don’t miss a minute of Him! Stop wasting your life, oblivious to the presence of the Lord and what He is doing. Emmanuel, God with us, is here, right now, breathing new life into your soul.

He is our eternal present – Jesus Christ, the breath of new life. My Lord and my God!

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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