“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
You may have seen this popular quote on billboards, cards, calendar or wall art. How many moments recently have taken your breath away? Was it watching Michael Phelps break all time Olympic record, or the US Women’s Gymnastic Team win Gold? Perhaps it was exuberant hug of a child, or unexpected good news.
Everyday holds the possibility of a miracle someone once said. God provides moments through the beauty of nature, or through the love of family and friends to remind us He will turn darkness into light, and make our rough places smooth. He promised never to forsake or abandon us, even in the darkest of times. So each new day is another opportunity for you and I to experience these precious moments. So don’t get so caught in the doing things, and miss them. Every rainbow, warm breeze, and gift of love is God blessing us with moments meant to bring us closer to Him. Isaiah 42:16 NIV
The recent joy of our niece’s high school graduation was also wrapped in sorrow because of passing of our last uncle. Family members are experiencing different and varied streams of emotions of joy, sadness, pride, regret, fear, guilt, love and hope. Life transitions should increase our awareness and reflection, if we are to learn and grow from them. If not, the law of diminishing returns will activate, and those clanging bells and cymbals will captivate our thoughts like a video game filled with a vortex of fragmented situations and circumstances.
In the midst of the joyous, and the profound, stop, and allow God’s wisdom to guide you. Hidden within each experience is God. His presence shining through reminds us that all things are His, and on loan to us. This is His time, His people, His world.
Jesus is our sustainer. He is the living bread and the living water. John 6:35 records, “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (NIV) He fulfills us! He fills us up! He is our everlasting portion. This means the table is always set before us, and never empty.
We try filling ourselves with drugs, alcohol, sex, sports, money, entertainment and games. But those things-the pursuit of vain riches-never work! The flesh can never satisfy our spirit. The more and more we seek, the more and more we want, until our outer person appears bleak, desperate and smells like a garbage dump.
But when we go and dine at the table set for us by Jesus, and feast with him, we become a new creation– healthy and whole because of the Living Bread-Jesus.