“For a moment in time
The heavens and earth
I’m frozen in time…”
Something in these words really hit me today. Perhaps it is my constant complaint of not having “a moment to spare.” How often are there moments that are so profound, so special, so soul searching or finding, so life-changing in our lives. The words quoted are from“When You Say You Love Me” but I believe they are so reflective of those moments in our own lives where events happen, decisions are made, and the course of our path as designed by our Creator brings to pass what He wills for us.
As I thought about this, I realized how many moments in time we have per day and how wasted so many are. The moments that can bring change for good or bad, happiness or sadness are just that, moments, but the change they bring may be long-lasting or eternal. Love, loss, tragedy, accident, salvation and hope are all in these moments of time. Think of some of them, the first times, those first moments of memory, of childhood like Christmas or riding a bike and you finally get it, your first childhood sweetheart, your first day of school, your first realization that you are grown up. As an adult, the first moments when you meet the one you love, that moment of sight, of knowing, and then the moment of “I Do.” The moments of marriage, of closeness, of being one. The moment of the knowledge of pregnancy, of the first kick, of the moment of exhilaration on birth day at first sight of your child, and that wonderful first baby step. Wonderful moments in time held in our memories forever.
And then we remember the first time when we met Christ, those moments of realization of His true person, of truth, of repentance, of confession, of salvation, of hope, glory, freedom and eternal life. The eternal moment when our heart was opened by Christ. What joy, what love, what peace and those moments frozen in time that will live with us forever.
But then I thought of those tragic moments that bring such change to our lives like the news of illness, accident, the death of a loved one, or war, or 9-11, in a moment, in an instant, the life-changing path of our lives from one moment to the next is changed. I recalled the Scripture, “but these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood” [Isa. 47:9] and “do not boast yourself of tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” [Prov. 27:1] and remembered those loved ones and brethren we recently lost. It reminded me of the preciousness of time and to make each moment count. It reminded me that the hairs on our heads are all numbered and that each moment in time, our appointed time, must be profitable. It reminded me of the time we spend in unprofitable moments, wasting our time on things that do not count either here or for eternity. It reminded me of the brevity of those moments of life, as God has said, “Who do not know of the morrow. For what is your life? For it is a vapor, which appears for a little time, and then disappears [James 4:14] and that only those things done for Christ will have eternal value. It reminded me of the business of our lives that is often filled with wasted moments, wasted time on unprofitable or self-centered things that wear us out and have no eternal value or profit us here. It reminded me that all things come to pass, each moment in time, for His glory and our good and to use them wisely.
What is our life? Is it to live for Christ? Are those moments that we have each day with one another, with loved ones, children, parents, a day, a moment in time that will raise us up between the heavens and earth they are so special to us? Will they be those moments in our memories that will live with us and feed us as long as we have breath? Are we doing all that we can do to make special moments of loving, caring, cherishing, comforting and giving to those we love while we can?
In a moment, our lives can change, in a moment, a breath away, we or our loved ones can be in eternity. In a moment….just a moment….He will come …. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” [I Cor. 15:52] For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory .” [2Cor. 4:17] Be encouraged to make each moment count. They are all moments given to you by Him, each one specifically, ordained in eternity past, just for you. Be encouraged to use them for His glory and for the good of your own soul and those He has given to you. Live in the moment but make it count.
Counting the moments,
“Moments for Christ”
Living Coram Deo,
“For in Him we live, move and have our being.”