Thought of the Day July 1, 2020 Be still and know that I am God

By 10:17 AM

"Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand." (Henri Nouwen)

It is hard for us to live in the present moment, enjoying it, rather than looking for something to happen because we want it to.  While we wait, the world is still moving on. Will we move with it? Will we become anxious for the future to happen? Will we fret over the past that is gone? Our impatience prevents us from seeing and enjoying the gift of the present moment, with its beauty and wealth, its wonder and blessings. God's response to our impatience is very simple: "Be still and know that I am God." Be still in the present moment and you will see me.

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