Reside in the Now
I just got back from spending a night in Mexico. We were able to stay at a friends AirBnB for free. As we finally arrived and opened the door to the Condo, the sound of waves instantly caught my attention. The large windows directly overlooked the beautiful Pacific Ocean. As the sun was setting I couldn't peel my eyes away from it, I felt feel very rich (even for just one moment). Being a pastor, that feeling will be a rarity. HA!
Bedtime was quickly approaching, I knew I needed to be as close as possible to the waves as I was falling asleep so I decided to move the couch right up against the window. I ripped the blanket off of the bed (I was supposed to be sleeping on) and plopped myself on the coach for the night (Picture above).
As my eyelids felt heavier, I was reminded of the times I would find 8 hour long YouTube clips of waves crashing against the shoreline to help me fall asleep, wishing I could be on the Ocean. I might be the only one in the world who does that, but it definitely helped me fall asleep. But there I was... on the Ocean.
It's so easy to look to the future as a brighter present than that before you. Instead of hoping, wishing, dreaming, I made a conscious choice to stay in the present. It's where I needed to be, so I didn't leave. I felt relaxed, at ease. Needless to say, I slept VERY well.
What if we always rested in the present?