Monday, September 13, 2021

Orange Moon Monday, September 13, 2021 "Just a Moment?"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Just a Moment?"      


     "It's the little things, isn't it?  Indeed, our lives are composed of thousands upon thousands of moments that seem inconsequential, but which bear great and eternal significance.

   "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2).


   In the life of every human being, regardless of standing or status, few things perceived as major moments occur.  Most of our lives flow with the current of the everyday, the ordinary, and the mundane.  "All things come alike to all" (Ecclesiastes 9:2).  Life, therefore, ebbs and flows with how we respond to the countless little things, particularly with regard to how we perceive God as involved in the seemingly small and unremarkable Bethlehems wherein glories "from everlasting" are born.

   "God… worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:3; 11).
   "I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20).
   "We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).
   "The very hairs of your head are all numbered" (Matthew 10:30).
   "Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways" (Psalm 139:2-3).

    Allow me to suggest to my heart and yours that these and many other Scriptural affirmations regarding God's presence and involvement in our lives means that no "everyday, ordinary, or mundane" moments actually exist in our lives.  Surely, we do not know how our Heavenly Father weaves eternal significance and consequence into every moment.  However, we do know that He does.  As the verses above declare, "All things… always… all things… all numbered… all my ways."

   This constitutes a most wonderful and a most disturbing consideration.  First, born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ rejoice in God's all encompassing work "for good" in our lives, the good of conforming us to the spiritual and moral image of the Lord Jesus (Romans 8:29).  However, we must also be disturbed by how often we misperceive  a moment as just a moment.  It never is.  They never are.  None of them.  Not one of them.  The God who works all things after the counsel of His own will infuses significance for eternity into everything that ever happens in time.  Thus, there are no little things.  There are no small moments.  There are no insignificant events.  Again, such truth both graces us with wonder, even as it casts us to our faces in a very proper fear and realization.  "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it" (Psalm 139:6).

   We do not presently possess the faculties to know how God injects meaning into the moments.  We can, however, believe the truth that He does.  As we do, the little things will matter more to us because we will know that nothing can be ordinary when our infinitely extraordinary God works to fulfill His purposes in every moment and in all things.  We will miss the vast preponderance of what He is doing, even as we believe in His dynamic presence and involvement.  However, His light will shine more brightly in our hearts, and we will see things we would otherwise miss apart from the faith that sees God in the seemingly big things, and in the Bethlehems that appear little, but which actually bear everlasting purpose and glory.

"For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen."
(Romans 11:36)

Weekly Memory Verse
    For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.
(Romans 11:36)








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