In the Moment
Being in a situation in which you are made to make decisions that affect your day, week, month year, or long-term future can sometimes be more difficult to discern from face-value. It is in such moments where wisdom and discernment can have a big part to play on how you face situations.
I recall, in recent memory, I was asked to preach at a multicultural church that I had not had the privilege of visiting before. Usually, I have a theme or topic in mind on which to share on, but being in the moment, I can sometimes go off-script. As I was standing behind the pulpit on Sunday morning, I looked out at the congregation, and had a sense that, in that particular moment, I had to speak to the situation of the people I was with, and decided to go off-the-cuff.
Amazingly, some of the conversations I had with folk around lunch afterwards were some of the most meaningful and memorable I’ve had so far this year. I have also had the opportunity to follow-up directly with some folk in-person since, and we’ve had some insightful connections since.
In such moments, what we say and do can have a profound impact on others.
A passage of Scripture about a man named Daniel, who faced a moment in time when his life was in grave danger, turned to the Lord for help, and found that, though he had little idea what the future held, he knew God was on his side, and said these words:
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning”
– Daniel 2:20-21
For those times in our lives when we know what we ought to do, and even in the times we don’t, we can always turn to Him who knows what is best, and find discernment in the best and worst of times from the wisest of Fathers, who does all things for our good.
Life’s moments are worth living for such a God.