I’m cleaning out again. Still. This time it’s the table top beside my chair. Old cards, magazines, photos, pens, paints, sticky notes with prayers and verses on them, books and Bible study materials…yes, I’ve managed to amass quite the collection of treasures here.
As I’ve sifted through all of the detritus of many yesterdays, I unearthed this poem. I’ve had it for so long that I can’t remember where I found it, so I can’t give credit where its due, but it’s too good to keep myself, so here it is, just for you in case you need reminding, too…
Living in the Present (by Helen Mallicoat, 1977)
I was regretting the past and fearing the future.
Suddenly my Teacher 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.”
Grace and Peace…and as Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there!”…because that’s where God is, too.