Just A Moment

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “moment.”

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Just a moment, but it can change everything.

I have to be honest- my heart is heavy today as I think of an online friend whose son was killed this week, suddenly and tragically.

Just a moment, but several lives are changed- forever.

As I turn to the Bible, I see an even more devastating moment that changed it all.  It didn’t seem like a big deal to Adam and Eve- it was just a piece of fruit- but that one moment changed everything:

“At that moment, their eyes were open, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness.”  (Genesis 3:7 NLT)

Sometimes a moment changes everything and there’s no going back.

And sometimes that’s a bad thing, but sometimes it’s good…

A woman had suffered bleeding for twelve long years, but then she met Jesus and plucked up the courage to touch his robe, believing that would bring healing.  “When he saw her, he said, “Daughter, be encouraged!  Your faith has made you well.”  And the woman was healed at that moment.”  (Matthew 9:22 NLT)

A man approached Jesus with his son, who was possessed by a demon and suffering terribly.  “Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him.  From that moment the boy was well.”  (Matthew 17:18 NLT)

And then, of course, there’s the greatest life-changing moment of all:

“Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit.  At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.”  (Matthew 27:50-51 NLT)

Just a moment, but it can change everything, forever.

As I was pondering this, while driving to work, a song came on, which brought these scattered thoughts together in my mind.

It was Jason Gray’s song Sparrows and in particular, the line, “If he can hold the world, he can hold this moment.”

It’s a powerful reminder that God is there, whatever we face.

“Not a field or flower escapes his notice.  Even the sparrow knows, he holds tomorrow.”

A moment can change everything, but God sees, and God is there. 

Whether today brings a moment of heartbreak and tragedy, a moment of joy and delight, or just a series of ordinary moments neither good nor bad, God is there, holding the moment and holding you.

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36 thoughts on “Just A Moment

    1. Thanks, Sabrina! She lives far away from me and we have never met in real life but she has been on my mind since I heard. There is a large and beautiful community praying though, and it’s amazing that we can stand together despite the distance!

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  1. We have all had these moments, haven’t we? It’s good to know, that whether joyful or sorrowful, we are held in the arms of our Savior every moment of our lives.

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  2. I’m so sorry for your friend, Lesley. I can’t imagine the pain. May God hold her closely to His heart of love! We never know what can happen in a moment. Thank you for the Biblical examples, especially of the moment that changed our lives for ever. Thank You, Jesus! And it’s so good to be reminded of this song. Thank you for all the encouraging thoughts! Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Thanks, Tara! I’m sorry your friend has experienced such a devastating moment too. It’s so reassuring to know that God holds us and our loved ones in these times.

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  3. My heart has been heavy too Lesley! I haven’t met Jodie either but feel she is a friend from our interactions online. My thoughts traveled in the same direction as yours today. Thank you for these encouraging words! I needed them, Cindy

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! Yes, it’s so sad. It’s amazing how we can form such great connections with people we’ve never even met. I’m glad these words encouraged you.

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  4. I am saddened to hear of the sudden loss of your friend’s son. I have friends who also loss their son in one, sudden, tragic moment. Your writing shares such beautiful truths. I am so grateful that I stopped by. I enjoyed the song. Blessings to you, Lesley

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