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Enjoying the Moment You're In

"When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying 'I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.' And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised." Hebrews 6:13-15

Okay, so I'm dog-sitting this week for a family who has two adorable doggies and a clear blue pool that sits perfectly under the sun (hello bronzed skin!). This morning, my motivation to get up early and go for a long run was at an all-time high. Of course I was more willing to run if I knew I could come back and cool off by jumping in a pool!

(This is not a plot to try and convince my father to finally let us get a pool after 24 years, but hey, it might just work...)

So, that is what I did. Of course this was followed by making a pot of coffee and doing my devotionals poolside - all finished by 9:00 am. What a refreshing and rejuvenating morning! All because of a couple of dogs and a pool. (See the health benefits here for my mental state, dad?!)

As I was sitting on the pool deck, the first thought that came to my mind was: "wow, I can't wait until this can become a reality for me some day."

And then it hit me.

Can't wait.


Some day.

Okay, I get that. But, God has blessed me with this situation right here and right now. It may not be my permanent life at the moment, but it sure is a sweet blessing amidst a crazy and seemingly unsure time period in my life.

I'm always looking forward to the next thing. I guess it was how I'm wired. I'm constantly browsing Pinterest, mentally planning my future home and the decor that will line its walls and cover its foundation. When I was younger, I would dream about my 24-year-old self, picturing her as a happy bride with a beautiful home (and a puppy!) and possibly a little Danielle on the way.

Ha, ha, ha.

I can see God laughing at those plans right now.

But that's the thing. I'm a planner. In fact, I have my color-coded planner sitting right next to me at this very moment, and I am antsy to crack it open and check some things off just to gain a sense of satisfaction. I'm a weirdo, I know. But this, my friends, you should also know by now.

This morning, God instilled in my heart the reminder of how much time this "planning" thing can take up, and how much it can cloud the blessings He has given us at this very moment.

I spend so much time planning my life, only to see those plans crumble every single time.

And it's not because they aren't great plans, it's just that I am not the planner of my life. God is.

What a relief, honestly. We can learn to step back and simply enjoy the small blessings that are in front of us. I don't know how God is going to get me to the next step, or more importantly, when, but I do know that He will.

I know that He has destined a future for me, and He knows exactly how it will pan out. Maybe I don't have my dream house yet, or my dream pool with my dream doggies and, of course, my dream man. But God has given me glimpses of those dreams right now in this very moment.

So, today I will sip my third cup of coffee, throw on some tanning oil, blast country music, and take in every second of a poolside Saturday, because these days are rare for me.

I will take every moment in, and breathe, knowing that my God is in control, and He WILL fulfill what He has promised.


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