SHINE: Gather by the Spirit — Gather Your Strength, Commit to the “Now”

SHINE … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Gather Your Strength, Commit to the “Now”

© 2012 Tonya M. Evans

November 24, 2012

NOTE: Reposted with permission from

“In many ways, not knowing what the future has in store brings out in us the qualities we need to grow. For example, it would have been difficult to commit yourself to certain people or projects if you knew they wouldn’t ultimately work out. Yet, it was through your commitment to see them through that you experienced the lessons you needed to grow. Looking back on your life, you would likely be hard pressed to say that anything in your past should not have happened. In fact, your most challenging experiences with their inevitable lessons may have ultimately brought you the greatest rewards. Not knowing the future keeps us just where we need to be—fully committed and in the present moment.” ~ Madisyn Taylor ~

Ever wondered why you aren’t shown the truth about the purpose or final result of any given experience on your spiritual journey?

Someone comes into your life and you want to know with certainty they are “the one” and how it will all work out, for example. Or you want clarity on why tragedy strikes, or why you suffered disappointment or loss in some way, or why all that seemed so certain completely unravels leaving you confounded, confused and — worse still — vulnerable.

We crave a sense of control — even if it’s false — to feel like we are on sure footing with a clear plan and path from point A to point B. But our plans, grounded in our human-ness, never include all the information. They can’t. Yes, we have free will but we are a creation, created based on a “higher”, divinely inspired plan. So the point of it all, perhaps, is to constantly (re)align our will with the Divine. We do so in the present moment, the “NOW”.

Still, we press to know the point and the truth of this great mystery called life. But God presents to us only what we need when we need it and, on our best day we only “see through the glass darkly.” Why, you ask? Because, after all, you’re probably still seeking clarity. Well, it can be summed up with the following quote from Jack Nicholson’s character in A Few Good Men:

“You can’t handle the truth!!!” 

The Divine, in its infinite wisdom, knows that we can’t handle or fully comprehend the full picture of our spiritual evolution and destiny because in order to do so, we must first live it … one lesson, blessing and experience at a time. Therefore, our spiritual walk requires faith, a willingness to surrender, intuition and a commitment to remain present and fully committed to the NOW. A willingness to look back into your past only long enough to gain perspective on your experiences and forward only long enough to stoke the vibrant fires of imagination of what can be.

Not knowing what the future holds allows us to detach ourselves from the outcome and to focus with our full time, attention and intention on the present moment. The “Now” is where the continual process of our enfolding, our growth — our becoming — occurs. It is often said, yesterday is gone and tomorrow hasn’t happened yet. Therefore, our divine, creative power of transformation exists in the present moment. The only truth we need to fully embrace is the reality that all we really have is this moment — the NOW.

“Your outer journey may contain a million steps; your inner journey only has one: the step you are taking right now.” ― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Read the full article “Fully Committed to Now” by Madisyn Taylor at

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2 Responses

  1. Well stated!!
    Food for thought indeed.


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