Dr. Who and Living the Now

The-Eleven-Doctors-doctor-who-18277364-1280-800.jpgFor Dr. Who (the time traveling Gallifreyian) yesterday is tomorrow, and tomorrow is the past. This time traveler moves through time both forwards and back in a timey-wimey-wibbley-wobbley sort of way (his words, not mine). Time itself is not constant for him. It moves. It flows. It can be changed and shaped. There are some concrete fixed moments in time that cannot be changed nor should they. There are others things in time that are adjustable and moveable. Somethings you try to change end up the way they were supposed to be in the first place. Other things you try to change turns out you were the cause of in the first place.

Time is flexible. Time is not constant. Even for Dr. Who, it is flexible. It is moveable. It can change for him. Even he isn’t a constant. But he does do one thing–he lives the now. To be honest, I haven’t been as up to date on Dr. Who as I’d like to be. I haven’t watched the second half of the latest season.

I will say this, I do like Matt Smith as the 11th doctor and am sad to see him go. Over the course of the decades long run of Dr. Who, the doctor has gone through 11 actors portraying him. Each time one doctor goes, he regenerates and becomes a new incarnation with their own little idiosyncrasies. Each one is slightly different. Each one is slightly their own yet also the same.

One thing remains, the doctor loves to time travel. He is alone. He is also called a Time Lord. And he is the last of them. They are imprisoned on the planet Gallifrey stuck there in time and space due to the end of the great Time War. And the doctor is constantly running. He is running form his past. Running to the future. Running in the present with each companion.

The doctor also has a companion with him. Usually female but sometimes also male. He has someone who sees things from our point of view and is taught to live in the now. The companion is taught what it means to live in a world where things are different and new. And that the now is what is most important.

As human beings, yesterday is gone. Today is here. And tomorrow will soon be here. We have the problem of not stopping and continue to focus on tomorrow and yesterday but not enough about staying in the now for today. We worry about the future. We meditate on the things we’ve messed up on in the past. And we neglect the now.

Jesus says

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

Worry about today. Meditate on today. Live the today.

Now this isn’t saying that you shouldn’t be a good steward. That you shouldn’t live in such a way that you neglect taking care of what you have. That is important. But when we live in the now we understand that preparing for the future is setting goals that help you live in the now tomorrow. Each day you live in the now. And you are to take care of what you have today in the now.

Too many times we’re so worried about what tomorrow will bring that we don’t prepare ourselves for what today is doing. We worry too much about what God is doing in the future that we don’t see what he is doing today.

One of my prayers is that I live today in God’s will. That I live today knowing God today and at this moment. That I might live in His grace today. Each day I try to live in the now knowing that yesterday’s gone and tomorrow’s yet to come.

That’s one of the things that I do like about Dr. Who. He lives in the now. He lives in the today. Yesterday’s not here yet. Tomorrow is gone. He lives today knowing that today is here and always here.

Prepare for today today. Prepare for what God will do today for you. Live today knowing God. Live today knowing that God is in control. Live today knowing that this is the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice! Be glad in it! Live today today. Know that tomorrow you will live in the now as well. Take care of what you have. Live it. Be good with it. But live today today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

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