Guest Post: Right Here, Right Now

Every so often, I read a post that has something I need to say, want to say, in a way that is much clearer than any words I could ever write.  This is one of those posts.  Diedre Manning's "The Middle" is an amazing blog.  She is graciously allowing me to run this as a guest post for you all.  She so sums up the way I have realized I need to look at my life.  Staying right here - right now.

It seems some of us are stuck right now. Some in good places, some in bad, others in limbo. And it seems we all want to know what to do with this place, this season, this now.

The recurring theme pops up on my news-feeds across various media sources daily in the form of vague, open-ended, I-want-you-to-give-me-an-answer-but-I-don’t-want-your-opinion questions, like:

What next?

Where do I go from here?

That didn’t work out. What do I do now?

Well, guess what? I have an answer.

Be where you are.

If God isn’t opening doors for you to move on, if He hasn’t given you the next set of instructions, if you keep trying to make things happen but they just won’t, if every attempt you make to take the next step forward gets you pushed back five, if you don’t know where to go from here, it just may be that right here is where you are supposed to be right now.

Right here, right now may not be a place you like.

Right here, right now may be painful.

Right here, right now may feel like a death-trap.

Right here, right now may be a living nightmare.

Right here, right now may feel like the worst possible place to be.

But, right here, right now is where you are, so be there.

Pray.

Praise.

Do what you can.

Use what you have.

Don’t make excuses.

Don’t wish it away.

Don’t put things off.

Be where you are, because right here, right now serves a purpose.

Right here, right now is maturing you for what’s ahead.

Right here, right now is the place you demonstrate your trust.

Right here, right now might be the result of your poor choices.

Right here, right now may be beyond your control.

But no matter its cause, right here, right now is where God has allowed you to be.

And so you must be there.

Be open to it.

Learn from it.

Grow in it.

Be encouraged today. Right here, right now is a destination all its own. You might think its limbo; you might think it’s a punishment; you might think it’s where you’ll be forever. But remember, we’re on a journey. This is just one stop along the way. The time to move forward will come, and until it does, you have a responsibility to be faithful right here, right now. Don’t dismiss right here, right now because it’s uncomfortable or a place you don’t want to be. Don’t neglect what you have right now or miss what you can do right here by wishing you were somewhere else. Be right here, right now. God is with you.

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. – Psalm 18:32 (NIV)

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure it out on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)

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