Stuck in the Trees

"You should write today." - A text message that I received from my husband in the middle of my packed day while reviewing my seemingly never-ending to-do list.

I thought to myself, "I don't have time to write!" Which is why I must. And I am.

In today's Gospel, Jesus calls Zacchaeus down from the tree and says “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house” (Luke 19:1-10). I spent time praying with this passage earlier today and I placed myself in the scene as Zacchaeus. I experienced the joy of knowing Jesus was in town and felt the rush as I ran ahead to climb the trees. I was overwhelmed with expectation to just get a peak of Jesus, but as He passed, He stopped and looked up at me. How did He know I was there? Then the Lord said those words to me, “Darcie, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.”

These words pierced my heart. I realized that I've been spending too much time in my head, "in the trees," so to say. I climbed up there earlier this week to "get perspective", to "look ahead" and to try to see when Jesus would be passing by in my life. Sound familiar? Today He's calling us to come down. To come down out of our heads and into our hearts, where He is.

It's so easy to get caught up in looking ahead and planning! Especially when thinking about the needs of your family. We then also hinge our happiness on an accomplishment, a purchase, a promotion, or some other life goal. But what about now? We are living in the eternal now. Jesus is saying right now, "come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house." Are you willing to come down from the trees?

He is waiting to meet you in your heart. 

My prayer is for us to live for right now, for today, with as much love as possible. May we never underestimate the power in the eternal now.

In Jesus and Mary,