Carpe Diem

It was the poet Virgil that reminded us, "Time passes irrevocably", so we had best make the most out of the moments we are given. "For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3) What moments have you let pass you by? Maybe it is 'time' to invest in the moments - the hour could just be later than we think.

Moments can pass us by, or we can appreciate the value in each one and make the most of them. The blind beggar sitting along the Jericho roadside likely went there every day with the express purpose of getting a few coins or a parcel of food that might help him to have his needs met. Do you think he imagined that he'd hear that it was Jesus traveling that route one day, and that by calling out to Jesus that he'd actually walk home that evening seeing perfectly? (Luke18) He heard, but he didn't see. He trusted in what he had heard, and he believed. He asked, and he received. In a moment his life was changed.

Do we think it was by accident that the young shepherd boy named David was taking lunch to his elder brothers at the front line of battle at the point the battle was about to be lost? Can we say it was coincidence that David would be there are the moment Goliath the Giant challenged the Israelite army? That was a moment - a time of decision for David. A time to reveal his trust in the Almighty God of Israel and the power of one tiny stone carefully picked from the riverbed. The giant taunted, but David stepped forward - in a moment all the taunting ended and the battle was won - not by the giant, but by the one tiny stone in the hand of one faith-filled boy. (I Samuel 17)

What moments has God prepared for you? Moments that will increase your faith, fill your heart, and heal your mind, body, and soul. We might think we will get another, but we must never forget who prepares the moments. God places us right where we are, in just the exact circumstances we are in, with just the right amount of faith to face the moment. You and I need to learn to 'read the moment' and then seize it. So, Carpe Diem! Just sayin!

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