by Jennifer Swets
Christian theologian Henri Nouwen writes in his book Here and Now, “Real life takes place in the here and now. God is in the present.” When I read that, I began to think, as human beings, why are we stuck in our past? Why do we mull over events, words, and interactions long gone by? Why do we worry and fixate about tomorrow? Why do we busy ourselves with tasks that we think will give ourselves importance? Why? The answer is often that we are trying to distract ourselves from the present moment because the present is scary.
In the present, we just have to “be.” The present is where God is. Where we hear from God. Well, how scary, daunting, fun, exciting, nerve racking, did I mention scary is that! The present is where we are in relationship with God. Where He speaks to us and where we have the opportunity to answer back. I repeat, how scary, daunting, fun, exciting, and nerve racking is that!