I think I may have mentioned I am helping to lead our church retreat, and our theme is “Mindfulness”. Our focus is learning to live in the moment – appreciating right where we are, regardless of circumstances. For the record, I really suck at this. But Moses sucked at talking in public, and look how that turned out, so maybe there is hope for me here.
The other night I was walking the dogs and trying to practice being present. For every step, I repeated “You won’t ever get that step back. Each step is now. Now. Now. Now.” Besides freaking myself out a little, the exercise helped me to be mindful of each moment of my walk. To not whine in my head about the cold or that it was dark or that I wished I was home all cozy on the couch. To not think ahead or think behind. Just be in the “now”. It was hard.
Later, I was going thru photos looking for an appropriate entry for The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge (Blur), and I found the one below. I took it while out walking in the woods with the dogs, and playing with my camera. When I got home and downloaded it to my computer, I remember thinking “Well, that one’s a bust” but now I saw it with new eyes.
The barbed wire -the only part of the photo in focus – is my present. The barbs are the obstacles – note that only two are in focus – the one behind me that I must remember to learn from and the one in front of me that I must overcome. The blurred forest is the past and the future. I might be bothered by the past and worried about the future, but in truth I can only focus on the present or risk falling from the wire.
Great analogy, right?
Now comes the tricky part. The part where I let the past stay in the past and let God take care of the future. Where I trust that beneath me is a net of Faith, Hope, Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, and Redemption. Some days, I spend a good amount of my valuable time frozen on my wire, arms outstretched, knees trembling, heart pounding. I wonder if God just shakes his head at me then. If He’s tempted to knock on my head with his supernatural fist, saying “Hello! McFly!” in His still, small voice.
I’ll keep this picture with me – a reminder to be mindful. To be present. To live. And mostly, to trust the One who walks with me.
For we live by faith, not by sight…
2 Corinthians 5-7