The prompt is present. The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear that word is just how present my Heavenly Father has been in my life. He has shown His love and mercy time and time again. He has loved me through times of grief, of disappointment, of fear, of sorrow. He promises in His Word that he will be present with us so in everything.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of need.”
— Psalm 46:1
The second thing I think of is another kind of present…as in how you present yourself to those around you. I long to be a sweet presence to those around me – my family, friends, co-workers, the sweet kids I serve at work, and the general public. I wish to represent Jesus in the way I carry myself and in my interactions with everyone. I wish to be a beacon of light and to lighten the load of someone who may be hurting.
And the third present on my mind reminds me to try harder to stop worrying and rely more on God. I want to be able to bring all my concerns to Him and then…as a very popular princess sang…”let it go”. I am striving to do this:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
— Philippians 4:6