Do you ever find yourself living in the past, or maybe in the future? I am a planner. I live by lists. I am constantly planning my next move.
Whether you tend to live in the past (nostalgic) or in the future (fantasy), neither really works. That is because God is the God of right now.
Helen Mallicoat has offered a timeless piece of literature that reminds us that God is the great “I AM.” She writes: “I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly my Lord was speaking. ‘My name is I AM,’ he said. Then he paused. I waited, and he continued. ‘When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I WAS. When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I WILL BE. When you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am here. My name is I AM.'”
Where are you living today? Focus on the past and you will be bitter. Focus on today and you will be better. Forget the past. Don’t worry about the future. Live for today.
Walk your dog, watch a sunrise, call a friend, say a prayer. Remember, you will be talking to the great I AM.
“Moses said to God, ‘Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, the God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, what is his name? Then what shall I tell them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites. I AM has sent me to you'” (Exodus 3:13-14).