This is a special moment.
This morning I preached on how the church is changing the world. I believe that! I believe the church changed the world in the past and that the church today is continuing that legacy. One of the points I made was the recognition of 'special moments' in our life. Could the greatest step forward be in the reflection of the steps that have come before us? It's at this junction that we find our special moment.
Special moments can be found at the intersection of when we can look both forward and backwards at any moment. It's found in the deep reflection of what has led you to that point, and a giddy anticipation for what is to come. We all experience and witness these types of special moments. Most would agree that a wedding is a special moment. Think back to all the weddings you have attended. Traditionally the first-half is a reflection of where that couple has been. Stories are told of different things that have led them to that point. Their first date; their first kiss. And then about halfway through the service the tone switches from a reflection of the past to an anticipation of what is to come. Promises and commitments are made as the couple stares intently into each other's eyes.
Another common special moment can be found when a mother holds their newborn baby for the first time. As the new mother looks at her baby, she not only is thinking back to all the times she dreamed and prayed for that moment and the past 9 months she has suffered and sacrificed for that child. But, along with a reflection of the past, she is pondering this baby's life. She is thinking forward at all the potential this baby has in its future. This is a special moment.
My wife and I are currently in one of these special moments. We are looking back at all the memories that have been made in our house, our community, and our church. We are reflecting on funny stories and devastating stories and the people who walked with us through both. However, while we are thinking back, we are also looking forward. Considering all the new memories we will make in our new house, our new community, and our new church. We are curious about who will walk with us through the fun and through the devastation. It's riveting, nerve-racking, overwhelming, and joyful all at one time. It is a special moment.
If you are in a special moment right now I would encourage you to look to God for guidance. While all the examples I gave were joy-filled, special moments are not always pleasant. Sometimes the most difficult phases are the ones that shape us the most. God is doing something inside all of us. He is shaping us, molding us, and transforming us into something new, something different. Enjoy these special moments of change. Find comfort in knowing that God is most likely doing some rearranging in you life to make you a better you.
I hope these verses can bring you the same level of comfort they brought me:
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Ezekiel 36:26 – And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Philippians 1:6 – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah 32:38-39 – And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them.