There have been times in my life when I have questioned whether I truly enjoy my life and seek to make the most of every opportunity…
There are moments that I really enjoy; Holidays to new destinations and cultures, dosage times spent with family, ask meals with friends, times of relaxation; reading a good book, watch a favourite movie or playing on the XBOX (yes I am still reliving my youth).
There are also those stand out life changing moments; like when I married Erika, witnessed the birth our little girl Hannah, made a commitment to follow Christ in my mum and dads room, got baptised on the Isle of Wight youth camp, being baptised in the Holy Spirit on my living room floor, preached my first sermon and got inducted into my churches.
I’m sure like me you have great moments of contentment and enjoyment, it’s really easy to feel content and enjoy moments when things are going well but what about the times when life is challenging, or you feel like you’re going through a desert time, what then? Do you still seek to be joyful and find contentment?
If I am honest it’s not always easy to be content and enjoy the moment especially when we feel like we are just holding on to life with our fingertips. As believers we know that we will face times of challenge, trial, temptation and at times worry and insecurity.
Jesus never said that life would be perfect and he didn’t say that by accepting him suddenly all problems would disappear. The reality is if anything life is much harder than before we knew Jesus, but with one major difference, we don’t have to face life on our own because we have the Holy Spirit there to lead and guide our lives.
Even in the challenges, trials and temptations we face is it possible for us to find contentment to enjoy these moments? I would say YES, I believe it is possible if we learn to ‘Find God in the moment’.
Our default when we face tough times is often to run, to get through the situation as quickly as possible and hope the situation doesn’t last too long. The thought of sticking around in a situation that makes us feel vulnerable and weak is scary so we scarper as quick as we can.
We want to forget it ever happened and move on. But God calls us to wait, to ‘Find Him in the moment’, to open our eyes and ears to what God might want to teach us right here and right now. Matthew 7 v 7 “Keep on asking and it will be given to you; keep on seeking and you will find, keep on knocking and the door will be open to you.” If we seek God in these moments we won’t be disappointed.
The apostle Paul was a man who learnt what it meant to be content in all situations and to enjoy the moment. Paul was a man who was ship wrecked, knew what it was to be hungry, put in prison on numerous occasions, had his character brought into question, was persecuted and threatened with violence and death. Yet he knew all of this was of insignificance as long as he found God in the moment, everything would work for good because God has the ultimate plan.
Paul says in his letter to the Philippians in chapter 4v 4 -7 the importance of enjoying every moment, to rejoice. “Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all, the Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Then later in chapter 4 v 11-13 he talks about the importance of being content. “For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
I’m not saying finding God in the moment is easy, it takes heart and courage and it requires us to rely on God’s strength not our own, but I believe it is essential if we want to make the most of our lives. I don’t want to come to the end of my life and have regrets or fail to have learnt valuable Godly lessons I could have learned if only I had chosen to ‘Find God in the moment’.
Albert Einstein once said there are two ways we can live our lives; to live our lives as if NOTHING is a miracle or to live our lives as if EVERYTHING is a miracle. I want to live my life in the latter.
Lets choose to live each day as a miracle God has given and seek to ‘find God in every moment’.
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