A moment is a very short period of time, an instant. It can be a definite period or a point of time. Compared to eternity, moments are almost nothing. Compared to life, they are small and pass quickly. However, life is filled with special moments that we should cherish.
Paul had a great moment in his life while traveling on the Damascus Road. Moses had a special moment when God parted the waters of the Red Sea. The birth of a child is a great moment for the parents. Golfer Bubba Watson had a memorable moment earlier this month when he hit a difficult shot that lead to his win in the Masters Tournament.
Meaningful moments do not have to be spectacular moments in order to add value and blessing to our lives. In fact, some of the great moments in our lives would seem insignificant to others: a family vacation, a birth, a wedding, a walk, a hurt, a surprise, etc. The important thing is not the "size" of the moment, but that we take the time to cherish it when it comes. Valuable moments seem to happen unexpectedly.
A life is mostly routine activities, but in each life there are moments worth cherishing. Remembering those special moments can be nice, but taking the time to cherish them when they happen is even better.
The greatest moment in history was when Jesus made his fourth statement from the cross in Matt. 27:46, "My God, My God, Why have you forsaken Me?" That was the moment when Jesus was judged for our sin; when He became sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21); when He paid the price we owed for our sin. The greatest moment in our personal history is the moment we are born again by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
We speak of the moment of death. Life is fragile and brief. All of us have an appointment with death that we will keep. But life is full of moments that we can cherish. When we do, life, however short or long, becomes richer.
When we counsel with people, they may often feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of the circumstances against them. They probably will not listen to much that we say, but they can be genuinely helped and powerfully encouraged when we help them to see hope in the moment. One moment then leads to another and another. Before long, the person is not nearly as hopeless, and life becomes more manageable. Everything that is wrong may not be corrected. Every hurt may not be healed. However, the healing of encouragement can happen in a moment.
In 1 Corinthians 15:52, Paul talks about the moment of change for believers at the rapture, "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."
We cannot predict the unique moments that may come into our lives. Most of them will be unplanned and even unpredictable. We can be ready for those moments and cherish them when they come. Unique moments in life often yield treasures greater than money can buy.
James Rudy Gray is certified as a professional counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He serves as the pastor of Utica Baptist Church in Seneca, S.C.
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