How often do we wait for tomorrow to settle issues in our life? Don’t we endlessly wait in our today and convince ourselves that the decision could be made some other day? Some of us have in fact actually made the future our best pal, whereas in reality we should be making today our favourite day. How important it is then, to grab the moment!
Doubts and fears are basically unwanted visitors in our lives. They are the pile-on kind. It depends on our choice to accept friendship with such unwelcomed guests or our capacity and strength to shoo them away.
Opportunities come our way often, but sadly we are most of the time fastened and chained in with locks of ‘Should I?’ and ‘Must I?’ What we need instead are the keys of ‘Let’s Try’ with which we could open up those mutexes and throw away the rackles that bind us to our past.
Let me move on to a scriptural verse that could help in explaining this ‘Let’s Try’ concept better. First of all, if we read scriptures and their stories only as events that happened in the past, it makes no sense. The past is dead and a daily reading of it will not allow us to move on in the present. Unless we relate the past and pick up on its wisdom and make it alive to cherish our present, our scripture time will be a waste.
I often go to the Holy Bible to get answers to daily queries and have come to the conclusion that it is not just a book for those who follow Christianity and are members of some church. It’s a book of wisdom for anyone who needs it and every page communicates with those who have the capacity to open their ears and listen.
In Mark 1:40 we have a leper pleading to be healed; who tells The Lord, “If you want to, you can make me well again.” The answer he receives is, “I want to, Be healed!” So often, in ignorance of our originality, we reduce our princely state into that of a beggar; not knowing that our creator never ever had anything to do with our lowly position. We need to constantly remind ourselves about how he had made us in His image. He breathed his being into us! Remember? However, in the journey of our life travels, we meet arrogance, ego and overconfidence which urge us to free ourselves from our elevated state of existence in subjugation of the love of our creator. ‘“Come let us break his chains,” they say, “and free ourselves from all this slavery to God.”’ (Psalm 2:3)
In Mark chapter 2, we see a paralyzed man brought on a stretcher and the Lord tells him, “Pick up your stretcher and go on home, for you are healed!” (Mark 2:11) Now the crux over here is that the man could have said, “Haha, are you crazy? I have been in this position for years. How can I just get up?” Thank goodness he didn’t say that! Instead, he jumped up in faith. “The man jumped up, took the stretcher, and pushed his way through the stunned onlookers!” (Mark 2:12)
The uncommon and unattended wisdom here is that, our fears, our troubles, our anger, our sickness, our anxieties have chained us with locks of depressive doubts and keys of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual sickness. What we need is not an acceptance of ‘It’s fine’ kind of resignation and that, ‘It could have been worse’. What we need is the faith to jump up and push through the crowd of stunned onlookers.
Let us therefore make a promise to ourselves, that we will not waste our days working out to making ways in order to worry about all those things that will never happen to us and instead GRAB THE MOMENT.