The Eternal Value of Being Present
This is a proverb of wisdom that has come across my mind so often. While I try to share this heart and blessing, I thank you –readers- ahead of time for patience, support, and grace you extend to me and the followers of Jesus daily as I try and explain this experience.
In Korr, life is slow, yet busy. Life is hard, yet joyful. The people are simple… yet I laugh at the complexity!! On Thursdays and Fridays, Kim and I teach at school, Tirrim Upper Primary. Let me tell you, I get quite anxious as I sit and plan, picturing myself teaching, then the idea of asking children to stay quiet *yikes* But in those lessons are eternal moments, the silver lining. Students laugh as I stumble to hear their quiet answers to my questions. The hasty recording of the word “sanctification” off the chalkboard. I saw the worthiness of eternity and being present in those lessons, the very moments I was beginning to let slip in the short time I am here.
In moments of prayer here, God has allowed me to reflect on the eternal value of caring about the present moment. We have often prayed in the community for the gospel to be a light to people who are done with hope. There is such a care for sisters and brothers here to know Christ… hope that I am overwhelmed with. For these are moments of zeal! Oh boy.
I want to leave you with the descriptive words of C.S. Lewis from his writings in The Screwtape Letters which prompted me to think of such moments in Korr,
“…humans live in time but our [God, for your understanding] destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present. For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience of which our [God] has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them. He would therefore have them continually concerned with either with eternity… or with the Present –either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself, or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure…”
From C.S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters