“and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” Hebrews 13:5-6 AMPC
There’s this thing about the present; it forces you to face whatever is happening now. So as tranquil as the present can be made out to be – I think also it is a place that must draw upon bravery and faith in order for our actual facing of it, to happen.
Sometimes the present might mean sitting with and acknowledging something you’ve been hiding from.
It might mean having to stop and see, when it would be easier to rush forwards with tunnel vision.
Or it might mean having to start, when it would be easier to stay back hiding safe at the start line.
It might mean opening our eyes, when having them closed might be more comfortable.
Can I suggest that this drawing upon of faith, might in actual fact be a drawing upon of God? Of The Divine? Of the one who will not leave us? Under any circumstance?
Maybe we are called to be satisfied with our present circumstances because.. when we are enabled to engage our bravery by faith with our now, there comes also the opportunity to be seeing and experiencing the good we might otherwise miss out on.
And God cares about that. Our experiencing of good.
That’s the thing – I think being present brings us into a tempo that holds a gift – one that going too fast, or too slow (or not starting) would otherwise not offer.
It’s like it takes courage to both leave and to arrive at something, but so too does it take courage to stop and see also what is here.
“..So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?” Hebrew 13:7 AMPC