(04.14.21 – Dealing With Change! – Luke 9)
My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to making a difference in this world, fulfilling the purposes God has given to you from before eternity, which moment is more important; now or what is to come?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
Funny thing about life; no two moments are ever the same. What was a minute ago is now different. As my fingers touch the keys of the keypad and words are ushered forth onto the page, they have touched a different combination of keys with each passing moment. From moment to moment everything changes. How odd it is that we so often seek what was or is without a thought of what most certainly is coming with just the passing of another moment in time.
When it comes to making a difference in this world which moment is more important; now or what is to come?
Here's a story: In early May 2003, a cloud descended on Cannon Mountain near Franconia Notch, New Hampshire. Near the top of the mountain, obscured in the cloud, was a rock formation that had become the state symbol for New Hampshire, because in profile, it looked like the face of a man and so had come to be known as the Old Man of the Mountain. This famous rock profile was engraved on New Hampshire license plates and other materials promoting the state. Because of the effects of wind and rain and the natural splitting of the rocks, the rock formation was in danger of falling and so steel cables and turnbuckles had been installed in a valiant effort by state officials to try to keep the face intact and in place. But on the night of May 3, 2003, a mighty crash of rock was heard from below and people feared the worst. When the clouds lifted from the Notch, people looked up to see that the face was gone from the mountain. The rocks that had composed the Old Man of the Mountain profile had fallen in a great rockslide. Nature and erosion had worked to erase the face. (Peter Kirby)
I am often reminded of how important it is to recognize how the moment is always passing and it is ours to capture if only we are willing to move with it. Take Jesus' disciples when they joined him on the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter had suggested they stay on the mountain, worshipping Jesus, but Jesus turned his face toward Jerusalem and the suffering and salvation that lay ahead for him. After the cloud lifted the face of Christ was gone from the mountain, because he did not stay there, but made his way down the mountain to perform healings, teach and make his way to the cross to die for our salvation. If you and I can agree that God has placed each one of us here to make a difference in the world, how can we relish the moment when what is to come can't be stopped? Time flies and no man can catch it. Since it won't stop for us we can't stop for it. Since it will always be different, moment-to-moment, change is inevitable. Waiting around will only give passing time an opportunity to erode our purpose; better to keep moving than sliding away.
We pray. Heavenly Father, You have taught me through Your Word and my life experiences that You have placed each one of us here to make a difference in the world. That begs the question: how can we relish the moment when what is to come can't be stopped? It is true that time flies and no man can catch it. Since it won’t stop for us we can’t stop for it and since it will always be different, moment-to-moment, change is inevitable. Forgive us Father when we hesitate or speculate on Your wisdom. Waiting around will only give passing time an opportunity to erode our purpose; better to keep moving than sliding away. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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