Go and stay not?

My friend, may I ask you a question? How aware are you of what God is calling you to do right now? Are you waiting for something important to do, or is the moment sufficient to excel in grace?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Several years ago as I repaired a stretch of fence line at Beech Springs I came face to face with a grey squirrel skittering down a nearby maple tree; our eyes met only 10 feet or so apart. I froze and so did he. Yet, rather than skitter back up the tree to safety, he paused, looked at his options right and left, and jumped to a nearby tree and disappeared up the trunk. Trusting in his ability to out jump and outrun me, he took his time and selected the best option. His ability to remain composed, judge the situation, and command the moment impressed me. The present crisis was nothing more than an opportunity to remain composed and to excel as best a squirrel can.

If we’re to excel in this manner as Christians, we need to grasp the “now,” discover the opportunity in the moment, never waiting for a greater crisis to reveal our Christ-likeness. The now is always sufficient to act.

Here’s a story: A sailing vessel ran aground in a storm. As violent waves smashed against the ship and it began to break up, even the sailors panicked. The passengers were near hysteria. One passenger, however, acted very differently. It was a young woman who was holding a baby whom she was nursing. She was the only one who did not shout, weep, or bargain with heaven. She did nothing but pray quietly to herself while clasping the baby tightly on her lap. She did not ask for any exceptional favors. She seemed to entrust herself to God. As the ship began to sink, the young mother was placed on a plank, given a spar to use as an oar, and sent out into the waves. She had to hold her baby with one hand and attempt to row with the other. Few thought she would survive the pounding surf. But her faith and composure stood her in good stead. The woman and her child were the first to reach shore. (Unknown)

What caused that woman to remain so composed? At the moment of crisis she embraced the now and not the later. Her child needed her and nursing was critical. That was the now, the moment before her. Survival was merely a part of the progress she embraced from this moment of doing to the next one. She excelled as a mother and survival was thrown in as a premium due to her composure and grasp of the moment. Think about it; there will always be more “nows” in life than there are “laters.” There will come a “now” at some point in time that isn’t followed by a “later.” God gives us these nows to be the excellent Christians he has designed us to be. Our nows may not always give us the best view of later, but we own these moments. As unpredictable as a moment might be, even daunting, if we look around us like that squirrel, these are often the moments when God bids us to act. Don’t wait on the moment until later; “go and stay not.” The divine call is now and not later.

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us moments in life to excel as Christians in ordinary but important ways. May we always be alert to the situation around us for opportunities to serve. Forgive us Lord when we are content to wait for later moments in life that might have bigger impact on others, never excelling in the moments your give us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. Thank you for tuning into This Passing Day. Join us at thispassingday.com. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to “This Passing Day!” <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> God bless you for Jesus sake.

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