Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo; I’m in attendance, and the word is “present.”
“At the present, all of us present here would like to present you with a present.”
And I think about the word and its shades of meaning. How presentations come with pomp, usually, and presents are often wrapped in fancy paper and adorned with large bows, but that the present moment most often goes unnoticed, as also, often and often, do the presences who stay nearest us.
When Paul urges us to present our bodies as living sacrifices to God, does he mean with pomp and circumstance, with shiny paper and large bows? Or does he mean the here and now, the constant and near, the everyday being-ness of us?
That’s the way God gives Himself to us. When you step back and look at it, it’s huge and magnificent, but we don’t notice it that way, mostly. Mostly it’s just this moment and that moment, and when we’re particularly harried, calling out to Him to help, forgetting, mostly, that the nearness of God is our good, and that He is near. Now. He is present. In the present.
And He doesn’t call us to belong to Him only on the special occasions when we’re scrubbed up and feeling sanctified. He wants our all, all-the-time, our everyday being-ness. His. In the present and always.
©2013 by Stacy Nott