Present Moment Awareness — being in the “here and now” — means that I am aware and mindful of that which is happening at this very moment. It means I am not distracted by thoughts of the past nor worries of the future, but I am focused on the here and now. Everything in life happens in the present moment, and psychology experts are saying that is the best place to be for brain health.
God is the God of the present moment. In fact, His name means I AM.
For decades we’ve had the following poem framed and hanging on a wall. I have shared it through the years, because it always had meaning and hope for me. I thought it was important to remember and to live with this in mind.
I AM by Helen Mallicott
“I was regretting the past and fearing the future.
Suddenly my Lord was speaking:
‘My name is I Am.’ He paused.
I waited. He continued,
‘When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets,
It is hard. I am not there,
My name is not I WAS.
When you live in the future with its problems and fears,
It is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I WILL BE.
When you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am here.
My name is I AM.‘”
Now that I have learned about Present Moment Awareness I realize this is very much a Biblical concept. It seems to be healthy for me mentally as well as spiritually.
I believe the Creator of my brain and being understands what I need and is exactly able to meet my deepest need. I am thankful and hopeful knowing and being cared for by the One and only I AM.
“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM….'” (Exodus 3:14)
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
“Cease striving and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)