Have you ever had one of those times when you are surrounded by people you love and you step back and take in the moment? It can happen at a birthday party, a funeral, or a graduation. They are pivotal moments you know you’ll never forget.
I’ve had this happen to me only a few times in my life–one being when our daughter was married. We had just arrived at the reception when I happened to notice that everyone in attendance were people whom we deeply loved. It was unbelievable to be surrounded by so many, all of whom I wanted to spend time with. It felt like everyone was moving in slow motion as I felt far-removed from the moment–caught up in a different realm. I marveled at the kindness of God to allow me this experience, and I was even more grateful that I actually noticed it!
God sends us moments like these, but sadly we often miss them. They can happen in public or in private, but always God is very present speaking to us about the significance and the blessing.
Places these types of experiences can happen are:
- An intimate time with your spouse.
- A graduation of a loved one.
- A final goodbye as a parent breathes their last breath.
- The first cry of a newborn baby.
If you can’t remember a moment like this, ask the Lord to open your eyes to see the next one. He sends us these as a reminder of His kindness and love for us, because He knows how quickly we forget His nearness to us. He loves to stand next to us and whisper words of blessing.
Another time I had this experience was when Tom and I visited the Grand Canyon for the first time as we celebrated our 20th anniversary. I almost literally heard God say as I took in the view, “Didn’t I do good? I made this glorious canyon to remind you of My nature, my expansive and far-reaching goodness. I love you, and I love sharing My creation with you.”
So, do you notice these times? When was the last one you can remember?
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This is post #4 in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to post everyday in July.