As Jesus left the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look! What awesome stones and buildings!” 2 Jesus responded, “Do you see these enormous buildings? Not even one stone will be left upon another. All will be demolished.” 3 Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives across from the temple. Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? What sign will show that all these things are about to come to an end?” 5 Jesus said, “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many people will come in my name, saying, ‘I’m the one!’ They will deceive many people. 7 When you hear of wars and reports of wars, don’t be alarmed. These things must happen, but this isn’t the end yet. 8 Nations and kingdoms will fight against each other, and there will be earthquakes and famines in all sorts of places. These things are just the beginning of the sufferings associated with the end. (Mark 13:1-8, CEB)
Why are we obsessed with knowing when things will happen, how things will happen, and details around things that are not our concern?
Sometimes we need to just be in life and participate. Sometimes we need to not worry about the details and just be in the moment.
I’ve been on several spiritual retreats where they ask you to not wear a watch or have your phone. You are told to not anticipate but participate. And when you let go of trying to control the things you can’t control and just be in the moment, that is where the spiritual connection happens.
So don’t anticipate but participate and live in the moment.
Loving People. Loving God.