The fact is that even though our bodies are forced to function in the immediate present, our minds don’t have that limitation.
That can be a good thing.
Our ability to think about something, to step back from simple stimulus response and observe, makes us extraordinary if not unique among earthly creatures. Imagining a greater future and treasuring a recollected moment are both functions of our creative minds.
Given how our minds–and hearts–are prone to wander, it’s no wonder that throughout the Hebrew Scriptures God repeatedly reminded people to remember both him and their history. “Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant” (Deuteronomy 8:18). “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy”(Exodus 20:8).
But it wasn’t just remembering God wanted. God also wanted people to pay attention in the moment–to listen and watch, and then to act on what they heard and saw