That statement in the imperative form demands attention and action.
Now we live in the moment in which that word becomes a phrase and sometime emerges or erupts.
The now emerges with gentle warmth and embrace such as the early morning warmth of flannel sheets, unless a down comforter.
The now erupts when the alarm blares erupting with words and getting out into a cold room.
Many nows stand strong in my memories — when Carol yesterday calmed me in my storm about getting the COVID vaccine, when I saw the face of my daughter just born two decades ago.
Another now emerges yesterday in a message from a friend who heard the doctor say “the cancer has progressed and you have three months,” such as a buddy of mine heard after he went into the ER at 3am. He messaged us that he will have hope until the last moment.
What keeps me, us going in all these nows?
Some turn to food.
I came upon some element of that in a quote I read earlier today. “Today me will live in the moment. Unless it is unless it is unpleasant. In which case me will eat cookies!”
That wisdom (?) comes from the Cookie Monster.
As for me, quiet, listening to God and Carol, prayer, writing, walking; and, of course, staying in a warm bed with flannel sheets and a down comforter!
A person who suffered, survived, thrived, and moved others for centuries, Paul, wrote to his community in Corinth in his second letter to them (6.2) “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”
If today, God speaks to you, listen, heed, follow, and lead others to Him!