1/23/2023 – Focusing on the present moment

Today’s picture shows a soldier focusing on the present moment of beauty in Bakhmut. Photo by Daphne Wesdorp

From Ira Kapitonova in Kyiv (Day 333):

The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
Psalm 33:16‭-‬20

Every day we are bombarded with tons of information – Russians preparing for another attack, western governments discussing the provision of military aid to Ukraine, mobilization, the situation at the frontlines, economic challenges, prognosis of how much longer the war is going to last… Add this to the common everyday challenges, and you get a mixture that sends you on an emotional rollercoaster even after 11 months of itself full-scale war.

I wish we knew how much longer. However, I remind myself of the words that are said to belong to Viktor Frankl, Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, “[In the concentration camp], the first to break were those who believed that everything would end soon. Then – those who didn’t believe it would ever end. Survivors are those who focused on their affairs, without waiting for what else might happen.” So, as I remind myself to focus on the affairs at hand, I also remind myself not to postpone my life “until the war is over,” even though it is so tempting to go into this hibernation mode and suspend all your activities until life returns to the usual “normal.”

We remind ourselves to live in the present, love in the present, and use our present circumstances with gratitude. Today, our son mentioned the story of Thomas asking to place his fingers into Jesus’s wounds, and we talked about the response of Jesus, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29), which then took us to the question of how we can experience God in our life. It was such a great encouragement to listen to Іvan list one event after another that testified about God’s faithfulness. Focusing on Him and His greatness is a powerful encouragement, even in dire times.

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
Psalm 33:22

3 responses to “1/23/2023 – Focusing on the present moment”

  1. Thank you for this post. We all experience the temptation to *wait* until things get better. But that is not what God wants for us. We are to keep walking straight ahead in faith, hope, and love.

    Thank you, and God bless you. I pray that the war ends TODAY!

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