In the Now (no. 5)

 

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Fixer Upper fans know it as Demo Day. Football fans call it Game Day.

On a more serious note, cancer warrior Sheila declares it Chemo Day.

What it is, is a time in one’s life so significant that the day is assigned a moniker all its own. I asked Sheila how she manages on Chemo Day and other crucial ones relating to her diagnosis of multiple myeloma. Her answer was a simple one, albeit hard for me to follow:

I try to stay in the present moment.

That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. Trying not to look back at what could have been, trying not to look forward to what might be.

Sheila would confess the word “try,” but I know that she’s accomplished in this spiritual practice. She leans deeply into moments of God’s peace, acutely aware of the love that surrounds her. Significantly, this mindfulness was a part of her rhythm of life before cancer, which empowers her now to stay present with Jesus in the known and the unknown.

Taking a seemingly silly diversion here . . .

Staying in the present moment has been getting a lot of press lately, most notably in professional baseball. You might know this if you’ve been following the Cleveland Indians. This dream team made sports history with its consecutive wins, giving reporters a new slant as they interview various players. I watch almost every game, so I know they are asking (ad nauseam imo), “How does it feel to hold the record for the longest winning streak in the American League?”

(Seriously, sportscasters, how do you think it feels? I know, I know, they are just doing their jobs.)

Anyways, from coaches to catchers, the answer has been consistent.

We don’t focus on the record, we take one day at a time. And we stay in the present moment.

That’s it! Nothing more, nothing less. Trying not to look back at where they’ve been, trying not to look forward to what could be. I was a little surprised the first time I heard this response. Just like us regular folk, baseball stars understand that this is the way of victory.

I think we could all learn a lesson from their playbook. And I’m thankful that Sheila is allowing us to get a glimpse of hers. I pray that we all experience Jesus in the most challenging life moments. My favorite songwriter beautifully expresses this desire.

Lord I long to see

Your presence in reality

But I don’t know how

    Let me know you in the now.

                                                                                               Michael Card

                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

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