Some of you reading this may live no where near the south and be so detached from the idea of flooding, but it's not just natural disasters that make us face this decision of do I live in the present or do I worry about the future, or long for the past? And please don't misinterpret this, there are times in which reminiscing in the past is therapeutic and healing. A real life example of that was highlighted during this very trip. A good friend of mine that I used to work with in my hometown recently suffered a great loss. Her younger brother, only 19 years of age, died in a car accident on Friday, August 19th. The fond memories she shared in the past with her brother was one thing that has instilled comfort in the face of tragedy. My heart breaks for her and her family, and I pray God brings peace as they take it one day at a time.
When our past is trying to operate and dictate our present in an unhealthy way, sometimes it's because we let it. We can revel in it too long to the point at which we are paralyzed to move forward. That can be with hurts from people, missed opportunities, and even unresolved conflict. Sometimes we can be too scared to fail and our future looks just as scary as our past. That's not healthy either. God has and I believe will continue to teach us how to truly balance our lives in not only thought and deed, but also our perception. It's my desire to understand what it means to learn from the past, stay steadfast in the present, and be trusting in the future.
I hope this sparks something in whoever you happen to be and wherever you find yourself in life right now. It's a daily choice to live in the present, and although it isn't easy, it's a choice that we will ultimately benefit from. My prayer for everyone reading is that you seek out what those daily choices look like uniquely for you, and that you face them with confidence, knowing God is ever present and faithful to meet your needs, from the past all the way to the future.
As a resource to continue on this thought, I encourage you to look into the YouVersion devotional entitled 'Savor' by Shauna Niequest. And I also look forward to diving into her book "Present over Perfect" in the near future.