I recently finished a novel entitled Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson. In the last pages, she depicts the old preacher who paints a beautiful portrait of the prairie sunrise and sunset with nothing to distract the view. To absorb the beauty of a sunrise or a sunset, one must stay focused as once it hits the horizon it does not take long to disappear. He likens it to a passage of scripture from the book of Job, ‘when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God sang for joy.’ We only have moments to captivate the beauty of such experiences as they last for such a little time.
We will long remember 2020 when COVID-19 took over the world and everything changed. One of the more significant commodities was time. As a result, items such as bicycles, pressure-treated wood, puzzles, flour and yeast, to name a few, were hard to find. Why? There was TIME!
Many of life’s experiences can only be measured in moments.
Missing a moment can be the difference of seeing your child smile for the first time, or the first step on his journey in life.
It is the little things that make special moments. Paying attention and practicing gratitude can give us the most extraordinary moments.
Live for the moment, never a dull moment, just a moment. If we could only have this life for just one more day, one more hour. Moments on mountain tops and moments in despair. Solomon had learned some deep truths about moments … “a time to dance, a time to mourn … ”
There are no ordinary moments.
Moments with God can change the entire perspective of the day. I have experienced special moments with God where I discovered something new about who he was and who I am. Nothing earth shattering. Simple things like seeing him in my flower boxes on my balcony. Listening to the trees clapping their hands in the gentle breeze on my daily walks. Listening to the song, “We Are Standing on Holy Ground”. Waking up to a summer thunderstorm.
There are special moments that should not be shared with anyone, just between you and God.
2020 has given us an amazing opportunity to stop, reflect, prioritize, and become aware of just how fragile and out of our control life can be.
This moment is a miracle and it is always the right moment to do the right thing.
For what is your life? It is even a mist that appears for a little time, then vanishes.” James 4:14