“The Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most temporal part of time–for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
The present is suffuse with brilliant opportunity. That’s Lewis’ point. Carpe diem–seize the day! But there’s the rub. It’s incredibly challenging as a Christ-follower to be fully present in The Present. Today isn’t the greatest day we’ve ever known (to misquote Billy Corgan) because we’re stuck in a hurt from the frozen, unchangeable past or completely stressed out about the credit card bill coming or how our kids are getting along at school.
As we continue in our study of the book of Ephesians at Blanchard Warrenville, Paul extols promise after promise about Our Immanently Present God who is available to us through the incomparable power of Father, Son and Holy Spirit–blessing us with “every spiritual blessing in Christ”. Even the work we do today has been “pre-ordained” and “pre-powered” for his good pleasure. So will we light up today as Christ’s light wherever we are and with whomever we spend time with?
Let’s think about the kind of “todays” some of our friends are facing. The Martinezes’ neighbors lost their home last weekend–and almost their lives–in that raging fire. Let’s light up their neighborhood fundraiser at the VFW in Warrenville this Friday night. As God’s empowered, loved people, how can be fully present with their neighbors today? As one of our very own, Marcia, enters into six months of chemo for lymphoma, how can we “Be Light”? Some of my neighbors are recently laid-off. I’m not quite sure how I’ll be light, but my presence brings Light because the ever-present Christ is with me. So I’m choosing to spend time with them at a local bowling league this Friday–just to love them, laugh with them (and spend the following four days recovering from the aches and pains in my out-of-shape 41-year-old body).
The Present is all lit up with eternal rays, indeed.