You Were Made For Moments

Made For Moments

“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”

Mark 1:35

One of the wishes many a mom had this past Mother’s Day was to be able to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet without any interruptions or distractions. If ever there was a person who knew the value and importance of a solitary place it was Jesus. His life is a picture of balance in every way. He knew when to engage and as well He knew when to “unplug” and get away if only for a moment. Life is not lived in 24 hour intervals, in reality life is made up of “moments” and the goal of our day should be to experience as many as possible with those we love. For Jesus, all roads served to bring Him to the place where He could enjoy a moment with His Father. Unlike most who seek to start their day with God its easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life as the day goes on. Jesus was aware that the Father was with Him and yet Jesus sought the path throughout the day that like the song sings, “bring me back to you” so He could have a moment alone communing with His Father.

God loves to speak to us, primarily through His Word and yet He isn’t limited to it as He is the God of Revelation. God can even use breakfast to speak into our lives, and there is nothing like a bowl of cereal to start the day. It doesn’t matter if your are six or sixty, not much compares to the sound of cereal hitting the bottom of the bowl early in the morning. It’s like music to our ears! I don’t normally read the box that the cereal comes in but the words on the box caught my eye. On this particular box were the words in bold print, “Family Unplugged” and below it spoke of doing something as family that didn’t involve the television or the use of electric devices.

I like the idea of ‘family unplugged’ but I like the concept, “Life Unplugged” even better. Don’t get me wrong. I am not suggesting everyone quit their day job and purchase some coveralls or suspenders and start an organic farm just south of Santa Cruz living off the grid as it were. “Life Unplugged” to me has more to do with getting back to the basics of life, a Jesus centered life. Defined, that happens by focusing our lives on, loving God, and loving and serving people in His name. The church that Jesus gave His life for wasn’t a church that met religiously on a weekly basis as an act of duty but rather the church, the bride of Christ has always sought just like the church at Acts, to gather daily from house to house to worship God and to meet the needs of the community at large. Talk about seeking a “moment” with God.

In practical terms the Christian life is just that, a life, it’s living in the moment, taking it all in and being aware of your surroundings. Christianity isn’t an event we attend or even a deed or an action we do. Christianity isn’t even a way of life as its more than a creed, Christianity is life. Its like saying, “prayer is to the Christian what breathing is to living”. They go hand in hand.

Take a moment today, loved one to enjoy life unplugged. If only for a moment get away by your self  or with someone else. Find a place where you won’t be distracted or disturbed. Get out your bible, maybe a journal or a note pad and a pen and just sit before the Lord and listen and pray and then write down what the Lord speaks to your heart. Experience for yourself, “Life Unplugged” knowing when you do you will experience the life Jesus has always intended for you, a life of refreshment that comes from nothing more than being in the presence of God where the Bible says is the fullness of joy!

“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.”

Hebrews 4:9


Michael Osthimer





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