“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God which is why we call it the present.”

– Author unknown



A hummingbird just zoomed past as I sit on our porch for my morning quiet time with the Lord. Sometimes I need that reminder of life being fleeting. It’s important to be aware of the moments, which seem to zoom by us.

Being present in the present is truly a gift. It’s a gift we receive from our Father above as well as a gift we can give to those around us.

I am terrible about allowing my thoughts to wander even as I am listening to someone conversing with me…so much so that I catch myself glancing beyond them with both my eyes and thoughts. It’s really such a shame.

Focus. Be aware. Moments pass too quickly. People pass too quickly.

My friend is beginning a journey of walking with their parent through the storm of cancer. Twenty-five years have now passed since my siblings and I walked that same path with our mom. She passed. In that journey though God gave gifts – gifts of memories, gifts of time, gifts of being present, focused on her.

One of the gifts He gave was the gift of hummingbirds. We saw their shadows through the shades on the window behind her hospital bed. They drank from the flowers on her patio. God even sent one to drink from the roses placed on her casket at the graveside. Today, twenty-five years later, He still sends them to remind me. They remind me of her with sweet memories. They remind me to be present in the present.

Today. This moment. Each is a gift from God. Who has He placed in front of us to share this moment with? Is it our toddler calling for attention? Is it a teenager needing a listening ear? Is it an elderly parent or friend wanting to share a bit of wisdom or a story? Is it our neighbor, coworker or even a stranger who needs to know they matter and are worthy of a moment of our time? Is it our spouse waiting to be reminded they are loved? Today is passing. This moment is passing. People are passing. Let’s make the most of this gift of the present.

God gave me this reminder in a hummingbird this morning. I share it here with you. What will we do with it? Will we share it with others? Who will we give the gift of being present in the present to today?

“ Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”   – Jesus (Matthew 6:27)

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” – Paul (Ephesians 5:15-16)