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Enjoy the here and now

Last night I had an epiphany. As I journaled just before bed, I thought about the coming months and the change they will bring. I’ll finish university and go into the real world to become an actual real adult. Yeah, I’m 22, but I still feel 17. I mean, not really, but yeah. I’m still painfully young and painfully naive and I still have a lot to learn about caring for myself, loving others, growing what I have, and living life as God wants me to.

Sometimes, it’s overwhelming to think about all that’s yet to come. But on most days, it’s exciting. As I stood in church worshipping this morning, I had one of those exciting moments. We sang Great is Thy Faithfulness, and on the line “morning by morning new mercies I see,” I thought about how I went to bed last night, and despite being so tired this morning, He pulled me out of my bed and brought me into His presence. And He’s still the same God I went to bed knowing.  He remains the loving, caring, and ever present God that I know.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Last night I thought about all the many changes that will come my way and I also thought about the growth and testimonies that will come. But honestly, my heart is not eager for all the razzmatazz, as much as that is exciting. I love testimonies, I love miracles, signs and wonders. But more than that, I want to see my spiritual life grow. I want to go deeper into God. I want revelation. I want knowledge of God and His power. I want intimacy with the Holy Spirit.

I’ve often thought that those only come through trials and tests. In January, I read a book where a preacher shared a testimony of coming through a trying time with a deeper knowledge of God, and I somehow imagined that to be the only way to come into new knowledge of God.

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Here’s why I was wrong: while trials and tribulation can be a vehicle to bring us closer to God, those are not what God wants for us perpetually. There will be mundane days, there will be boring days, and there will be pretty uneventful times. But when we have a fresh revelation of God and His love and grace and mercy every day, we never feel stuck in life.

Because God is a good God, He also brings us revelation in the middle of a basic day. 

The true test of our faith is not from the experience on the mountain and in the valley, it is in the experience on the plains. Our growth comes in how we handle the times when we don’t think that anything phenomenal is taking place. 

So, last night, as I sat down on my bed wondering what God is teaching me in this season of my life, I was reminded that growth is less about what’s going on around me and what I can see, but it is more about what I do in the seemingly mundane periods of my life.

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To be honest, my final semester in undergrad is everything but mundane. Yet it carries the   expectation that graduation will come with so many emotions- both good and bad. And lately, I’ve been so focused on what’s to come that I’ve lost a bit of focus on the now. I’ve been checking the prices of houses and beds and cutlery, and I’ve failed to spend adequate time working on my senior thesis and term papers.

This attitude has transferred into my spiritual life. Rather than ask: Lord how can I gain more revelation and knowledge of you today, I’ve been wondering that He has in store for my relationship with Him when I’ll graduate.  

I thank God for arresting me. I pray I remain faithful in the today, rather than worry about the tomorrow.

Have a wonderful week ahead guys, don’t be like me. The whole point of sharing this is so that you can learn from me and not make my mistakes haha!

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Hey, my name is Alheri and I'm obsessed with Jesus. This blog is me keeping my promise to Him for answering a prayer. Purple is my favorite color and my favorite scripture is Jeremiah 32:27 which says "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?" (KJV) You can contact me at msalheri@gmail.com

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  3. Alheri, You are right where God has put you and you are doing and will continue to do great things for his glory. Praying for more young people like you.

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  4. Egor F Egbe says

    TODAY AND TOMORROW
    For those of us who grew up in typical rain forest villages of South Eastern (now South-South) Nigeria, we were always aware of the pains our parents went through to fetch school fees for us. Manipulation at the harvesting of yams and other tubers was a science. The fat and tall yam must come out without any blemish for it to attract a reasonable market price from where our school fees would come. I usually had pity on my father whenever a tuber of yam was injured by a member of the array of cousins and sisters and brothers who would voluntarily come in the context of assisting in the harvest.

    My father would grim and grind his teeth in pain short of scolding them. They were not usually as patient and maverick as my father. The wounded or injured yams would not be sold but shall be distributed to those in the harvest team for immediate consumption. So how many yams would he sell to make up our school fees when school resumes? My father knew of today and thought of tomorrow.

    But not so for we the children! We only had today. Never thought of tomorrow.
    We saw the seasons more or less on daily basis. There were apparent changes in the environment. In the vegetation. Rivers. Even the changing scent from plants and leaves and flowers around us was highly noticeable. The flowers would blossom. The skies would wear their deep blue and the rainbow lines would make us sigh that we might not have the opportunity to run in the rain on that particular day, simply washing our selves in the downpour. Early maize and fluted pom-kins and other classes of vegetables would be seen in our mothers’ loads when they returned from the farms.

    We, as children never bothered about any tomorrow. We would consume the food given us and get our fill. Any left over was merely because we were full. Not because we thought of tomorrow. And the next day our parents will be the ones to think of what we would eat or do.

    As a child growing up (like you), don’t wander so much in your mind what tomorrow will be like. Be content with today’s chores. …”……tomorrow will…take care of itself…”.
    At your stage now, you are dearly lucky, you already know that God is your father…for today,…tomorrow… and forever. Just thrust in him. Asking him of a car now, for instance, when you should think of getting all class term papers and assignments off your neck may mean asking for too much.

    At the appropriate time, God will reveal Himself to you. In Genesis 12 when God called Abram, do you remember his age? And when our Lord Jesus Christ invited Peter, James and John up Mt Tabor, do you remember that they were all already adults? Even when Jesus decided to visit Zaccheaus, do you remember his age? Just be faithful and prayerful, always bringing your laden to Him and He will give you rest.

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  5. Absolutely love this post Alheri! You bring Isaiah 40:3 to life in this post. The daily walk is where so many of us give up because it is not nearly as exciting as that run. May you walk and not grow faint. May you walk and grow! May your eyes be opened, your ears in tune and your mind ready to see God in the everyday sameness.

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  6. Beautiful! I never stopped to consider how our magnificent God works in the mundane, the rigmarole that is daily existence. Instead, like you Alheri, I journey off into tomorrow. Now what God said to me makes so much sense, “do your work, be a blessing, and I will take care of _________. Thank you for yet another inspiring post! Blessings!

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