Living in the Present Tense

rainbow2Some day everything will come together; all the stray ends of our imperfect lives will be gathered and tied into an elegant bow. So we wait . . . for perfection, for health, for money. We defer joy.

A woman once described a day when all the stars of her scattered life seemed to align. The sun shone. She walked to a beautiful park hand-in-hand with her only grandson. They sat on a bench, ate hot dogs, played soccer, chatted with neighbours, then strolled back home to snuggle up together with a book.  “For a few hours my world was perfect. If only every day could be like that,” she said.

If only . . . so many days are ruled by that phrase. If only my child would call me. If only my husband would find a good job. If only I’d fall in love with Mr. Right. If only I had a child. If only my body would cooperate with my mind. A life lived in the “if onlies” can’t find joy in the present.

Finding joy in the present means accepting present imperfections – little things like messes, unpainted walls, dreary weather and big things like unemployment, sickness, pain, divorce. Joy won’t wait. It doesn’t dwell in the past or wait for us in the future. It lives in the present – as God does.

When asked, “who are you?” the Father answered I AM. And Jesus carried that message into His ministry.

“Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.”

 Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?”

So Jesus said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” Luke 22:69-70

Are you living in the I AM of God, in His present? Each day is a joy gift from God; joy can’t sit on the back burner, it’s a today experience.

Lord, thank you that today you and I are at peace because you have forgiven my sins. And that peace brings me joy. My circumstances will never attain perfection but my friendship with you is perfect. And that gives me deep, heart-warming joy, holy joy, present joy.


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at:
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7 Responses to Living in the Present Tense

  1. Darlene says:

    Oh how we need to be reminded of this.

  2. Bonnie says:

    If only I could learn that !!!!

  3. Marilyn (roomie) says:

    “little things like messes, unpainted walls, dreary weather” …. I’m sure you must have been hiding in a corner of my house today! Ouch! 🙂

    • Oh, Roomie, I hear ya. Sometimes it’s not the big things but those frustrating little things that ruin the day 🙂 Finding God’s joy in the middle of a mess – now there’s a challenge – good news – God is up to the challenge!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Excellent and concise, insightful and inspiring! Thank you, Rose.~~+~~

  5. Beautiful Rose! It really is true. We need to find & live in the joy that God has given us for each day.

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