Scriptures: John 11:14-25, John 11:38-44
There are times in our lives when we must face the present. Often we can find ourselves reliving the past, longing for what has come and gone or we spend all our energy focusing on the future and what is to come. But, we our living in the present, and we must be present in it!
We no longer have the luxury of remember the "good old days" or saying "one of these days I will take care of that," the time is now! The glory days are easy to live in because they are past and time has a funny way of making them seem better than they were! (Some of those situations you look back and laugh on now, were not so funny while you were living them!) It's also to easy to dream about the future, because it has not happened yet and we can make whatever we want it to be, but right now we are living in the present. We are living in February 28th, 2013.
Martha from the above verses in John is a good example of a person living in the past and future, instead of the present. Her brother has died and when Jesus arrives she is quick to tell him: "if only you were here." She only saw that Jesus' power could have worked in the past, if He had come quicker Lazarus would not have died. But Jesus is not limited to our thinking, and responds saying: "your brother will rise again." Martha again not realizing Jesus' present power says: "I know that will happen in the resurrection." Again Martha is playing time travel and looking toward the future for Jesus' power to take action. While Jesus was focused on her present pain, trial and circumstance, Martha was struggling and not sensing all the power that stood right befor her. Yet Jesus still performed the miracle and rose her brother from the dead, proving once again that His power is not limited to human expectations of time and space.
We can find ourselves embracing the same thinking as Martha. We believe that miracles happened in the Bible, in the past. We are looking for Jesus to return and take us home for our future in Heaven, but we forget to live the present! Jesus can perform miracles in our present situations, He is not a God of the just the past and future, He is God right now! Are you willing to reach out to God right now to take care of your present life? Let the past stay were it belongs behind you and let God lead you into a future brighter than you can imagine in your head, but start now, there's no better time to let Jesus in.