Right Here! Right Now!

I am a planner. I love to plan and organize events, vacations, parties and, well, lots of things. I think about what needs to happen, how I can make it work, when, where, why and hammer out an organizational chart and budget. Then I move ahead to how it will be done and who will do it. I must admit, when the actual event is happening, I am not as interested in doing the event as the planning the event. It is wonderful and rewarding to watch it all come together.  I am  soooo ready to start planning the next adventure.

It is good to know what your strengths and abilities are and put them into the best use possible for building God’s kingdom, but the trouble with my planning mentality is that I am always looking ahead to what’s next. It makes it hard to live in the moment. 

Have you ever been so driven by life to save or work for what’s ahead that you can miss some important things that are going on right now in front of you? As a parent of 4 kids, my husband George and I would divide and conquer our task list and work responsibilities to keep up with caring for our children. In the process of a crazy life of busy schedules we often did not take time to enjoy or savor the moment we were in.  I can hear my voice in my head repeating to our kids... did you put your socks away? why are your shoes in the middle of the living room? who left this chip bag out and open? and did you get your homework finished? and did everyone let me know any changes in our schedule for the rest of the week? It was exhausting. 

 My kids, now adults, are defining their own lives. I think they took a page out of our parenting style, as they have crazy busy schedules and I can see them missing out on sweet moments because they are planning and organizing to stay ahead and on schedule.  

Now I would never say that planning is wrong, but at the expense of the moment… STOP AND ENJOY. Look what it says in Matthew 6:34

“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. “

 When we spend most of our time planning for tomorrow, we miss seeing what God is doing right in front of us. Maybe someone across the room is quietly crying, needing comfort or just a listening ear. Maybe your son or daughter had a challenge with other kids at school that left them angry or sad, or embarrassed or… Sometimes we miss the needs around us planning for future needs and wants, and desires. I know I do. 

Stop right now (after you finish reading this blog of course) and look around. What is God doing right in front of you? Maybe the moment you need to have is just with Him. Take a moment and thank God for all that He has done for you today. Stop and think about what has happened, and how blessed you are. 

Look around at others, what can you learn from begin fully present? That means putting down your phone and engaging in the incredible gift of life in front of you. God is often reminding me to enjoy the moments He gives me, to be fully present and engaged. I am always amazed and humbled by what I learn about others, about God and myself when I pause, breathe in the life that is happening right in front of me and thank God for how He has provided. What a privilege to just stop and enjoy sharing this with you today. 

Pause, and Blessings, 

Lori Ferguson 

 Further reading: 

Proverbs 27:1, James 4: 13 & 14, Matthew 6: 25-34, Matthew 11: 28-30