text and photo by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro
Yesterday afternoon the errands were taking triple as long as I had hoped. The pink slips for packages to be picked up at the post office remained unresolved after a total of 40 min of standing in line because there was a veteran in need of financial coaching, so I gave up my place. It meant going back and trying another day. For at least another hour. Now still two grocery stores to be muscled through for the once-every-three-week purchases.
Discouragement that the afternoon was now spent and there were other things-yes, other things-which seemed of more worth and more significant long-term meaning which now remained untouched another day.
I exited the final grocery store before heading home to a pre-scheduled phone meeting which would likely last till bedtime. I was looking forward to the call, yet, still pressing were thoughts of those things important to me which would remain again undone. This though I was managing my time as best as I knew how and asking the Lord at every moment, what to do and what not to do. I pushed my loaded cart through the store’s automated doors to cross the parking lot to get to my car.
My days begin early. I was tired. And I almost missed it. The God-kiss. The gift of the moment. The beauty in the present which was the present. But I had to choose to notice. I could have put my head down and kept pushing… But instead, I parked the grocery basket next to a random car and pulled out my phone in order to access the camera. An intentional pause. Not a great photograph but the purposeful grasping and holding onto a moment. The moment. The moment I was in. The beauty of now. A moment to breathe. To acknowledge God’s presence and to thank Him. For nothing in particular beyond the present moment, because isn’t the present moment enough? It is all we have. He is sufficient to everything else.
A verse echoed through my mind with lovely familiarity. A verse which had given me my marching orders so many times before: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5‐6)
Oh, the bliss to lean into Him and trust in Him so take I could take in the beautiful drink of the moment there provided by Him just after the sun had edged beyond the horizon. This gift there and free for the taking for whoever would pause and see.
God-presence most often does not call loudly but in exquisite whispers. Where is He in your day? Do you see Him?
text and photo by Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2020
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