Now Is The New Then
The other day Merideth and I were having a conversation with a good friend about how we all needed to practice being more fully present in the moment.
We talked about how easy it is to become anxious about all of the things that need doing, about the expectations of others and all of the challenges that tomorrow may bring.
Interestingly, as the conversation progressed, we all began talking about things we had to do in the coming week, schedules that were tight and deadlines that were looming.
And then we paused as we all started grinning sheepishly, and one of us remarked, "Look at what we're doing, and after we just got through saying we needed to be more present in the moment."
As we were talking, I remembered a quote I saw in something I read recently:
Now is the new then.
It made me chuckle when I read it because of its simplicity and wit. But the idea is one that I want so desperately to internalize.
It makes me think of Jesus and how he managed his time. He rested when he knew he needed it. He was busy when he had to be.
And Jesus lived in the moment--being fully present with his friends, with those in need, with the multitudes he taught.
We tend to live a bit differently, I'm afraid. I read this wonderful poem by Billy Collins the other day that speaks to our dilemma and I thought I would share it:
We must always look at thingsfrom the point of view of eternity,the college theologians used to insist,from which, I imagine, we would allappear to have speed lines trailing behind usas we rush along the road of the world.May we truly see things through the point of view of eternity, and begin to see ourselves slowing down, finding joy in the now. May we follow the example of Jesus who taught us to seek the kingdom of God and trust that all of the things we worry about will be cared for... because God cares for us.
And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen.