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