Seizing The Value Of The Present

Move at the pace of your awareness, not your agenda. Proverbs 16:9.In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.

Have you ever considered that the pace of your mind might be moving so quickly that you are blazing past all that is rich, relevant and candidly in need of your focused presence? And perhaps like a film in fast-forward, those around you are not getting the fullness of your love, gifting or attention, but fragmented frames of your presence flickering so quickly that there’s little room for intimacy, impact or fulfillment… let alone memories. This is the pace of many. Most times the pace is too fast, other times too slow, and for fleeting moments it moves at just the right speed… the speed of awareness, discernment and peace, instead of the pace (should this be peace or pace?) of irrelevance. As I read of Jesus’ encounters with others, I am reminded of the value that resides in opening our eyes and our hearts to what is happening around us. Although there was great attention on Jesus at all times, He moved at a pace that, despite the intensity of his surroundings, was keenly attuned to what was going on around him. He noticed amidst the thousands, not just the blind man, but the depths of this man’s heart as well - simply from the power of a still glance. His agenda was nothing more than to be present, to move at the pace of allowing an external opportunity to become an internal calling where acknowledging, receiving, and responding were as natural as breathing and as peaceful as resting. It escapes us at times that God is Omnipresent. Perhaps we should aspire to simply “move at the pace of awareness” and trust God to handle the baggage of our past and the luggage for our future so we can leverage the potential of what is right before our very eyes.

The Big Question:What am I missing by moving at the pace of what I think needs to be, and not the pace of what simply is?