The Importance of This Moment in Your Life
How important is this moment in your life (or any moment, for that matter)? Life with its demands has a way draining the sense of meaning from our day to day activities. We are pulled in so many directions. We can get tired or distracted or bored or numbed, and all of these things can causes us to miss the importance of now.
For a Christ follower, every ordinary moment is a significant moment. At each and every point in our day God is inviting us to cooperate with him in His great Kingdom purposes.
I was reminded of this just this week at—of all places—a hospital bedside. I had come to visit 81 year old Ruth Groves who had undergone major surgery less than 24 hours before I arrived at the Royal Alex Hospital to see her. As I was searching for her room, I was wondering if she would be awake and clear minded enough to have even a brief visit.
What actually happened was not what I expected, and it was unlike any other hospital visit I have ever done in my ministry career. Ruth's face lit up the moment she saw me. She began to speak enthusiastically about her stay at the hospital. As I listened and she spoke, I had to wonder who was visiting whom.
Ruth explained how a group of medical personnel had gathered at the foot of her bed, after her operation. They inquired about her condition. She assured them all that she was in the hands of the Great Physician--the greatest doctor of them all—Jesus—and that having His salvation and provision, she was well covered.
After she had spoken, several brief but meaningful interchanges occurred with members of the medical team. These healthcare professionals referenced things like forgiveness and redemption. One even asked Ruth to pray for her health!
Ruth commented enthusiastically that she knew she was exactly where the Lord wanted her to be to accomplish His purposes. Her words impressed me and caused me to reflect on just how aware I was, in that moment that I was in exactly where God wanted me to be. I was thankful and encouraged by Ruth’s words.
Anywhere we find ourselves—even if that is in a hospital bed—is God’s “now” in our lives. Your circumstances in this moment are not an accident. How aware are you that you are living God’s now? --Pastor Tom
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