Any words that are insufficient to even begin to make any sense of a tragedy this week experienced by a friend – how dare I try to make any sense of a senseless couple of days… so I am not trying to – I am on the outside and on the inside of this situation at the same time. Typing words bump my prayers out thru my fingers, typing slows my thoughts down from racing. And I have to tell you how God kept a different situation moving along – God is there right alongside all of us as we process life… God
This week held the most difficult of questions – “Why God? Just Why?”
I question endlessly – and God answers in His own time – at the end of time all will be answered – I am not allowed to rush the time… and with so many questions somehow God still loves me, His pesky questioning child… “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD” – it is the only ANSWER that actually makes sense – God is in charge. Not us – GOD.
Yes the purpose of life is to LOVE – to LOVE GOD – to Love others like God loves them – and to know that we are all loved… God does use everything to remind us about His presence and guiding hand. WE ARE TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT
CHARLIE – LIVE IN THE MOMENT
Charlie was a dog that caught me off guard – I mention Charlie because I want to use the example of this sweet dog to reiterate that God wants us to “live in the moment” – He really does… I was picking up my daughter from camp – with the last trip to the store – and she says “SO, what did you do this week???” – hmmm my pause… as I wasn’t going to tell her about a particular tragedy this week if I didn’t have to – as I never want my kids to ever carry my burdens – but she did ask so I disclosed what made this a tough week… I only shared the news in a few sentences – not much more – very succinct – and she said it was so sad…
Then INSTANTLY – before I could speak the words that were about to roll off my tongue – there was this unreal, scariest, freaky, cold and gross feeling on my ankles – I SCREAMED!!! I thought I was bleeding?? UGH!! I am usually calm but this stilled me into a quick scream… Charlie, the dog, was waiting outside the store – I was so wrapped in my own mind with my daughter and never even saw the people sitting there and Charlie – a dark brown lab – started vigorously licking my legs – ugh – cold – wet – weird!! – I am so surprised that I didn’t fall… As soon as I realized what this feeling was, I then laughed – petted Charlie – and realized that God was taking me away from my thoughts… God was stopping a discussion – FORCING me to stop my speech and go back to let my daughter have her JOY in the moment – and He was telling me by use of His angels to go back to having this focused time with my daughter… God said you must process internally but you don’t need to disturb the beauty of the moment for others – “live in the present – live in the moment.” Charlie was interrupting me for God’s timing – Charlie then parked himself across my legs until I stopped, in the moment, and smiled in the moment, and acknowledge that God orchestrated that very moment.
Yup a wakeup call from God via Charlie… I was then released from Charlie’s tangled leash – yet I still see his eyes looking at me. I am not a dog person and God knows that – but that type of sweet dog will always induce love and smiles with his loyalty and gentle playfulness… Thanks Charlie…. We did our store shopping and I thanked Charlie on the way out for keeping me living in the moment – living in the present with my bubbly child…
Live for this moment – don’t over process. Keep moving – be still even in the crashing of mountains and waves and yet keep moving – BE…
Live in the moment – Live each day to the fullest. “From dust we came and dust we shall return” (Gen 3:20 Ecc 3:19). BE present in the meantime…
Be God awakened (and dog licked).
John 4 scriptures say: 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength. An ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging….
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”