Content In The Moment

Do you ever wish things could be different than they are?

I think we all have felt that way at one time or another in our lives. We have found ourselves overwhelmed with regret or wishful thinking, and we have looked with hope for a better day. If only we had done something different in the past or made a wiser choice.

There is a fallacy in this thought process! It’s what you might call the fallacy of the alternate timeline.

At the end of the day, maybe something else would have been better — but then again, maybe not. In reality, we have no idea where another path or choice would have led. Maybe something worse would have happened resulting in utter ruin and disaster. Only God knows, for He knows all things, and His understanding is infinite and entirely outside the realm of our own finite thought.

We know from Scripture that “the mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). We also know that “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand” (Psalm 37:23-24). And finally, one of the greatest promises of all in Romans 8:28 — “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”

Here I believe we see the power of living in God’s promises, rather than living in regret and wishful thinking. Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 — “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Regret and wishful thinking is the world’s way of thought and leaves no room for God at work in a person’s life. This kind of worldly thinking leaves God out of the picture and imagines things that aren’t even true.

God wants us to focus on what is true. And what is true is found in His Word. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them in truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17). When you know the truth, you will be set free (John 8:32). And that freedom includes a freedom in the midst of faulty thought processes.

God changes our thinking with His Word. And as we live in His Word, we learn His will, and experience His ways — those things that are good and pleasing and perfect. And we discover in this new thinking the fact that God has a plan for our lives, and as we trust Him daily, moment by moment, we will see Him work out that plan in our lives.

Will life be easy? Jesus says, “In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

When we begin to learn to focus on God in His Word, we also learn something new that is quite different than regret and wishful thinking. It’s a beautiful experience of being content in the moment. Paul expresses it this way —

… I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:11-13 NLT

This experience of having enough in the moment is something that is “learned” according to Paul. And I think it is learned especially in difficult circumstances where we run to God, cry out to Him, and cling to Him. He’s all we have and we are hanging on to Him, sometimes for dear life. Then, we discover that He is greater than our impossible circumstance. We become assured in His presence, with the encouragement of His promises, that He does have a plan, and that He will comfort and strengthen us in our great weakness. As we take these steps of faith, we experience a supernatural peace and power in the midst of our most desperate times. And that is when we realize that the Lord is everything we need, and we have enough. We know contentment in that moment.

I was taking photos recently at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona, and I had the wonderful experience of watching this grizzly bear enjoy a gift of honey given by the zookeeper. I love this photo especially, because to me, this is a great picture of being “content in the moment.” Look at those eyes — do you think he’s content with all that honey — yes, I think so! Oh how that grizzly bear was literally savoring and devouring that honey and having the time of its life.

Oh, if we will choose to consume the great promises from God’s Word following the example of Jeremiah — He shared his experience when he said, “When I discovered Your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear Your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies” (Jeremiah 15:16 NLT).

So dear friend, today I encourage you to grab hold of God’s promises, devouring them as a choice delicacy in your deepest pain and sorrows, and experience contentment from the Lord in the moment.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Content In The Moment
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  • Description: Capturing a grizzly bear with honey at Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 05/09/15
  • Camera: Nikon D800E 80.0-400.0mm — FL 195.0mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/2500.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photoshoot at Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Adjust, Nik Software
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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