by Pastor Mark Jordan
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11, NIV)
Have you ever given much thought to how the moments you live become memories you love? I have tried some, especially considering certain recent circumstances. There were those sweet moments that might have been unique, but turned out to be the last. There were some moments that were so rough, that they felt they’d never end. There were simple things said, seen, or done that seemed insignificant at the time, yet when woven together with other moments, became a beautiful tapestry…or maybe even a quilt in which I want to sit and snuggle for many more moments. These moments are things of beauty, but they have at least one enemy: distraction.
HG Wells once wrote, “We must not allow the clock or calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.” I love that. There have been too many times I wasn’t present in the moment, because I was looking at the clock, checking my phone, or worrying about the next appointment on my calendar. How many miracles and mysteries did I miss in those present moments while looking ahead to those only which were potential possible?
All of us walk a path of life. I like to use the word, journey, and when I’m feeling particularly pensive, I’ll even say, sojourn. The promise of Scripture, particularly in the verse we read today from Psalm 16, is how God fills us with the joy of his presence, and provides the eternal pleasures available to us in those moments. Beautiful, isn’t? Sad, too? Certainly. Why, you might ask? Because of looking ahead to potential possibilities at the expense of the miraculous moments.
God wants you to be present with Him right here and right now, because He is present with you. Allow the clocks, calendars, and cell phones to be what they are meant to be, as opposed to the distractions we’ve empowered them to be. When you do, you never know which moment might miraculously, and mysteriously, turn into your next cherished memory.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your eternal presence available to me right now. Please forgive me for the times I miss the present because of my focus on the potentially possible. I want to experience the eternal pleasures available to me right now, and realize I can’t if my focus is too far out in front of you. I thank you for Jesus, who taught about living in those moments to make them holy memories. It is in His name that I pray. Amen.