Focus of Thought:
My first blog was entitled “In the Middle” ( I highly recommend you check that out !), one of the purposes of the blog was to explore being in the now with God and not becoming frustrated that our earthly realm remains the same, as our spiritual selves continue to grow and change. Since I uploaded the blog on June 1st, nothing has really changed naturally, except that I have continued to grow spiritually. I had written in the blog, we should be content with being in the now, but there is something that I had just learned about the now that I thought would be very helpful to share- the now is two-sided.
Expression of Thought:
We must know that we all have a natural and a spiritual side and that applies to every position that we are faced with in life. The earthly side can be grim and obscure, but we must realize that the spiritual side is tender and Light. In order to change our now to pleasant, we must gaze upon the spiritual side and watch our earthly side of the present become brighter.
In John 1 we see Jesus is described as the Light. The chapter details that Jesus came into the world as the Light, specifically mentioned in John 1:9 as it reads “the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person.”[AMPC] The next verse is interesting because it contrasts the previous verse. In John 1:10 it reads that “the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know him]”[AMPC]. If you think about it, if light was shined upon a dark place you were in, wouldn’t you know it? Even John the baptist, whose main purpose was to make way for the Messiah, didn’t even recognize the Light of the world, until God made it clear to him, mentioned in John 1:33. As Christians, we have better tools, with the Holy Spirit guiding us to bring clarity to what we need to know. The fact is that even with the Holy Spirit and having Jesus as our Lord and Savior as a shining a light within us ,sometimes we still can’t recognize the Light that is shown in some of the dark places in our lives, until we confirm to live in the Light and revelation is brought forth.
When looking at our now, we must look over to the other side, our spiritual nature where we see revelation, where we then transfer that Light into the darkness that surrounds our earthly nature, because we are in communion with Jesus.
When I think about my now I must shift my gaze to God. Like the psalm mentions in 121:1-2 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”[KJV] Our sight must ascend to the other side and watch our "now" change to what God has planned for our lives.