Not Every Door Is An Exit — November 3, 2021

Seize the Moment!

Enjoy it because it will be gone soon.

When I was taking an early morning walk recently I noticed dew on the white plastic picket fence along the trail. The drops sparkled like diamonds on the fence as well as on the blades of the various types of foliage. It was a beautiful sight but I knew that the dew would soon be gone as the heat of the day increased.

It caused me to think about other beautiful but breathtakingly brief sights of nature. We have all seen a rainbow suddenly appear after a rain storm and as we strain to identify all the colors visible in its prism we notice the rainbow gradually fading away. Often in less than a minute the rainbow has disappeared.

Another example is a shooting star flashing through the sky against the night’s dark background. If you are fortunate enough to see a falling star you know not to blink because it may disappear from the sky within 3 seconds or even less.

These brief encounters with nature’s beauty remind me of joyful, loving daily encounters with which God blesses us. It might be a smile or hug or unexpected gift. It might be receiving an ‘I love you’ from our child or spouse. Take note of them, appreciate them because they are special but also are gone very quickly.

We should end each day by thanking God for those moments which made the day unique. Try to list three to five things that brought you joy, made you smile or definitely seemed to you to be the Hand of God.

Do the the same thing the next day but when you list your 3–5 things don’t include anything that was on your first list.

Those surprising, touching and inspiring interactions we enjoyed will be gone soon but memories of them don’t have to be lost, writing down the day’s positive reflections might etch them in our mind and heart.

“I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell others about your marvelous works.” Psalm 9:1

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Jon D. Imme

Pastor| Author|Filmmaker|Former Teacher| Jon has been battling pancreatic cancer since February 2021. This has inspired him to share his journey.