I’ve come to realize in this journey how much of life is determined by what’s next. For example; when I was working, if invited to do something on Sunday afternoon that would run late into the evening, my first thought would be, “I have to work tomorrow.”
Last night at church, many asked me, “Where are you staying?” and “Where are you going next?” I only know the answer to one of those questions. Ceasar Milan always talks about how dogs “live in the moment” and I thought I understood what he was saying, until now.
There’s something very freeing about not knowing what comes next. I suppose I could print a sign-up sheet and have everyone that has said, “You can stay at my place” sign it. I probably would want to include a column for them to put the dates that would work best for them. Then I could sit down with a calendar and schedule my summer. When asked, “Where are you going next?” I could pull up the calendar app on my phone and have an immediate answer.
Of course, then, if an unexpected invitation should arise, “Hey, you want to join us and go to the coast for a couple of days?” what would I do with my calendar? Push everyone back a couple of days? Drop someone or cut their time short? Would that hurt feelings? Would I make anyone mad? Maybe it would be easier if I just didn’t go to the coast.
Not being locked into what comes next makes it easy to live in the moment and be free to respond to what comes next when it comes. I’ve discovered that living in the moment has opened up another level of connection with the Lord. We truly are doing life together!