Don’t Miss Your Moment!

“Don’t miss your moment!”

As an intense teenager that mandate ran over and over in my brain like the Cliff notes of my very own ‘Ground Hog Day’ movie script. I’m sure the words of a visiting evangelist were meant to be encouraging to an apparently lethargic group of Scottish sixteen- year olds. The heart of his message was that there would be a moment when God would reach down into the ordinary stuff of life and reveal what we were made for, a call, a mission. But to me the possibilities were terrifying.

“What if I was in the bathroom when my moment came and I missed it?”

“What if I slept through my moment through no fault of my own other than the fact that my sister snores and I am perpetually tired?”

“What if my moment came and I just didn’t recognize it?”

Well, time became my friend and taught me that God is more invested in ‘me’ than in ‘moments’. But as I leaf through the final pages of this decade I am revisiting my understanding of the ‘moments’ of life.

For many years I lived in past moments. I looked at how tragedy or pain or poor choices had affected where I found myself. I wondered how differently my life would look if I hadn’t lost my father or if I had found a voice in my thirties to say, no! to what others perceived my path should look like. In time I stopped that ridiculous and futile questioning. I began to embrace the goodness and mercy of God in all that had brought me to the place where I stood.

Recently however I have found myself caught in a fresh trap, the ‘what might be’ moments. As I look to 2010 I see another very busy year. I am excited about many things professionally and personally. I love my life. I am grateful for the gift of being able to give myself to the things that make me feel alive and in tune with God’s heart. But like every human being who has been banished to live outside of Eden there are pieces of my life with very rough edges that cut me when I try to fix them. So I look ahead. I try to figure out what I could do to change them.

I didn’t realize however until it snowed this Christmas Eve how I am in danger of missing ‘now’ waiting for ‘then’. It never snows in Dallas on Christmas Eve but it did this year. I stood outside with my face turned to the snow and in my heart I heard God speak to me.

“I am here, I am now, I am all you have ever needed.”

So I say to you and to me, don’t miss your moment. Don’t miss this moment. Christ is here in this and every moment. God has come to us.

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~ by SHEILA WALSH on December 28, 2009.

39 Responses to “Don’t Miss Your Moment!”

  1. Thank you so much. There is much encouragement for me in those words.

  2. That is beautiful. Cherish the present and look forward to the future.

  3. I’m a type A personality, able to get a million things planned & done in a single bound! (There’s never a telephone booth around when you need one?) However, when I feel my mind whirllllllling with the ‘then’ I catch myself a recite a statement very similar to yours: “I am here, I am now, I am all you have ever needed.” Deep breath & wide smile:) Excellent post on the eve of a new year, a new decade!

  4. Sheila your vulnerablity and honesty never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for the way you share your heart with us. You model how to live out an authentic Christ centered life. Praying for you (always) but specifically this coming year. Much Love, Jenn

  5. WoW! You are so right about that! I needed the reminder to live in the moment and to rely on God.

    Blessings,

  6. Amen Sheila! I always tell my friends and family that no matter how rough life gets and they feel that they are down to nothing, God is always up to something! I hope you have a blessed 2010!

  7. Thank you Sheila .. your posts have been such blessings to me .. continued inspiration to enjoy life’s absurdities while marveling at God’s amazing grace.

  8. Oh,Sheila! Bless you. What peace & joy, what soothing, healing refreshing oil your words are to a heart that needs this word of God in this moment.

  9. Fathers & daughters..I’m close to my father. He’s had 2 recent heart attacks and his doctors tell him there’s nothing they can do. My dad found an alternative-medicine doc that has done wonders with him in a short amount of time. Among the treatments is one where my dad had to list his emotional tramas, and as he did so, the affected organs in the body lit up, so-to-speak. Then a cold laser is used to “clear” these organs and you feel improvement. My first thought was “Oh boy, I’m not sure I’d like to see my Christmas tree of emotional tramas, LIT UP!” Rationally, the benefits would out-weigh the momentary re-visiting; since when are we rational? lol. I start breathing hard just contemplating the process..”So what if it’s BRIEF; it’s still crummy!” I’ve always been forward-thinking, a move-forward kinda person..maybe the verses about ‘not looking back’ stuck with me?

    The smart thing to do would be to get ready, set, go….and think of a brilliant reward!

  10. What a great message. Thanks for sharing this with us Sheila. The moments are all we have, when it all comes down. I treasure every second with my great caring family. We certainty aren’t perfect, we have our moments. In the words, of a Steve Winwood, song ” the finer things keep shinning through. I’m getting off track here, thanks for sharing your blog and your words of wisdom and courage.

  11. Thank you Sheila, I reallly needed this today,12/28/09. My oldest daughter Jessica turned 25 today and one of my most precious cousins, Sheila, passed away in Texas. She was battling cancer since Thanksgiving, but a heart attack took her last night. I see Gods purpose in her passing as a surrendering to his plan. I will heal, but it also kept my mind at bay, instead of being joyful for my childs first quarter century in this world, I greived and went into shock. I know this is just part of the journey, a journey I continue to understand. It is posts like yours on facebook and here that encourages me daily. Thank you and have a Blessed New Year! Cherrill from CPA.

  12. What a beautiful reminder of how precious “now” is. I spent the Summer of 2008 as an intern at my church, and it was one of the most powerful moments of my life. However, I’ve been stuck in it the last 6 months — feeling like I screwed up a beautiful chance God provided me with to serve Him and His people and to move forward in my faith. I’ve recently discovered that all that happened that Summer and since has been beautifully scripted and written by Him. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the pain and growth of that Summer. I’m thinking that as 2010 begins, I’m finally able to free myself of the regrets of all the shoulda woulda couldas’s of 2008. And I realize in being stuck in 2008, I’ve missed a lot of 2009. Time is a funny thing.

    Today, I find peace in my heart of hearts that the Father has me right where I’m supposed to be. It’s beautiful and simple, really.

  13. Great insights Sheila. Your thoughts remind me how I’ve made the mistake of allowing the “what might be” to be the enemy of “what is now”; likewise I’ve let the “perfect ideal one day” to be the enemy of the “something great right now.” Crazy how we struggle to live in the present & simply enjoy Jesus and what He brings TODAY.

  14. I so understand the feeling you have to look ahead and to the hurt you feel when you think of fixing those things. If it wasn’t for special sometimes very little and brief moments we would drown in our own tears. God gives us hope and uses many ways to speak to us. Our part is to slow down sometimes stop and absorb all he wishes to give us each day.
    I came to realize this year that no matter what the outcome of my problems I will survive through the most difficult pain because what truly matters is my relationship with Christ. He loves me through everything.

  15. The “what might be” has been my biggest weakness the last few years. I keep allowing myself to define now by possibilities and thus miss God in the now. Maybe my New Year’s resolution should be to stop doing that.

  16. beautiful post; thank you for sharing – my prayer each day is to listen more intently to what God is speaking to me in His word, through the people He places in front of me, the doors He opens or closes – and then to have the faith and obedience to go where He’s calling me to go. My stumbling block has always been what to focus on – getting paralyzed by the size of the need or the multitude of choices … instead, I’m trying to get in and get my hands dirty right where I am, right now, with what I have. Blessings for a joyful New Year filled with God’s grace & peace!

  17. How true! I think I often look to the future as a way to cope with issues or difficulties and miss the beauty of the present. My hope for this year is to really live in the present and each day as it comes. My I not lose today by focusing on tomorrow.

  18. 2010 will be my year to put my best foot forward and with God’s help, I know I can do it.

  19. Thanks Sheila. I needed that today.

  20. Thank you so much for these words. What a powerful reminder to stay present in this moment. As I look ahead to 2010 this was perfect timing. thank you

  21. That was awesome, and I needed it. Thanks Sheila.

  22. Beautiful words. I needed them. I find myself at this very moment looking for the next step instead of being in this one. Instead of enjoying God’s work in my season of growth & stretching I often focus on the time yet to come. I need to slow down and take in this moment. Thanks.

  23. Thank you for your insight. I’m reminded that when it’s all said and done (all things, life, failings, victories, defeats, pain of of every sort, that God loves us with and everlasting love. There is no beginning to His love for us and no end. Thus we can declare as Zach. 4 says, ‘ When it’s all said and done that we will know that it was by grace and grace alone!’

  24. Thank you for your insight. I’m reminded that when it’s all said and done . . . all things, life, failings, victories, defeats, pain of of every sort, that God loves us with and everlasting love. There is no beginning to His love for us and no end. Thus we can declare as Zach. 4 says, ‘ When it’s all said and done that we will know that it was by grace and grace alone!’

  25. Sheila,
    Thank you so much for your honesty and you are such an inspiration to me. I needed this today. I will pray that 2010 will be safe and health. I need to stay in the moment instead of way ahead. Reminds me that God only promises us today. I need to remember to have joy of what God gives me daily. Blessings for joyful and God’s grace and peace be with you.

  26. Sheila,
    I have been a fan of yours from the first time I saw you at WOF, six years ago. You have been such an inspiration to me with your honesty and everyday life issues. May God Bless you and your family in the New Year! Reading this article of yours has really helped me to decide what my New Year’s resolution should be and to live each day for HIM!

  27. Sheila,
    Such a meaningful message you’ve shared with us here. My problem is still holding on to those past times and letting them impact my today. At my age I’m realizing how much of my life I’ve wasted in holding on to those things I cannot change.
    Two years ago I attended my first WoF in Portland with my sister and it was such a beautiful experience. When you spoke of going back to where your father had passed I broke down in tears, realizing at that moment that I have not really dealt with the unexpected passing of my mom. Your words and message that day helped me so very much.
    I’ve much to think about as we greet this blessed new year. I’m hoping to let go of my past frailties and focus on the present. It will not be easy but with God’s help I will pull a Nike and “just do it”!
    Love and blessings to you and your family in 2010. Thank you for sharing your love and wisdom with us all.
    P.S. Can’t help myself with this one…Go Ducks!!

    • Thanks for your honest response Susan. I agree, it is very hard to face fast pain but for me the greatest freedom has come in walking right up to what I am most afraid of. Even in the darkest places Christ shines as the light of the world.

  28. Awesome. Just what I need to hear. Thank you.

  29. I have a wonderful best friend who has walked many roads with me in the healing process and one statement she has told me over and over again and seems to fit into this conversation is
    “Stop picking the scab off your wounds.”

    I try so hard to live in the “here and now” but sometimes the past pulls very hard to get me back there. Thanks once again for the reminder as to where my focus needs to always be, onward and upward….on God.
    Help us all Lord to live our lives living each and every moment with You.
    Thanks Sheila for once again being a vessel. 🙂
    lots of love,

  30. Sheila,

    As i write this with teats streaming down my face i want to thank you for you openess and hoensty and they woman that you are the truly speaks from her heart.! i so need to hear this and for you to know that there are so many woman out there that needed to hear this and you just spoke from your heart! 🙂 May God bless you for all you do for his other daughters! Will always cherrish the words from god that come from you. You are a true inspiration and role model for young women! 🙂

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