See the Creative Potential in the Present Moment

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 46

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

–Genesis 1:1-2 (ESV)

Whatever condition you are in, in body or soul, whatever happens to you, within or without, whatever the present moment reveals to you, it is, for you, the fullness of the divine activity. This is your happiness. For you, all created things are, in and of themselves, nothing but misery and poverty. The true and right measure of their worth is in what the divine activity does with them.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

As it was in the beginning, so it is moment by moment. Then, the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters, ready to bring order out of chaos and fullness out of emptiness. Now, the same creative Spirit fills the present moment, bringing light and order.

It is not enough that God did it once, long ago. Without the present activity of the God, everything reverts to emptiness, darkness, and chaos. Without his activity, you are left with created things. And, as Jean Pierre de Caussade says, “all created things are, in and of themselves, nothing but misery and poverty.”

Think of the present moment as a kind of reenactment of that first creation moment. This is what I mean: at every moment, there is the same dependence upon the Spirit, the same potential, the same creative power at work. Do not think that the present moment is like the ones that came before it, and that the next moment will be the same. Do not think that it is just another in a long line of moments, each one more or less the same, more or less shapeless and empty. Appreciate the present moment as the creative miracle that it is. In this way, you will open your heart to the holiness of the here and now.


The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.

Daily Guidance and Encouragement for Living in the Presence of God
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