“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yesterday was a day of moments. There were moments that I couldn’t sing. Knowing what Jesus did for each of us. Knowing I do not deserve, in any way, His sacrifice. Knowing that there would be people singing with me, who would choose to walk away from it when they left our building. Easter Sunday happens in a moment. Going to church, spending time with family. Then it’s done. Or is it?
An atheist friend of mine said to me yesterday, “May the Easter spirit stay with you all year round”. We can put so much emphasis on a moment and then work our entire lives trying to relive it or to stay away from it. In the midst of living this way, are moments of learning and revelation. We can get so focused on one moment, that we never experience other, often more important moments.
A relationship with Jesus is a growing, changing and revealing process. It is life long and only comes to fruition when He says we are ready. It is not a once a year event. It is not a mountain top experience, it is not a lesson learned. It is all of it and more. To know Jesus is to journey through life soaking in every turn as He leads us on a path to Him. It is not a path to knowing ourselves, it is a path to knowing Him..in which, he will reveal who we are to be.
I love Matthew 16:25
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
We also need to remember that moments are only noticed when we are attentive. We can often be distracted or even looking the wrong way. To capture a moment that God desires for us, our focus has to change. Our lens needs to be pointed at Him. Not what we want, or desire. Not what we like or wish. We have to allow His wishes and desires to be our clarity.
I’m tired of missing moments. Missing them because I am selfish. Missing them because I am tired. Missing them because I am distracted. I want to live in my weakness, so that He is always at work in me. Guess I need to get to work…
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