Life is like a motion picture; constantly moving. Moments are the snapshots, captured in an
instant, but often time lost in a string of moments. That’s why we like to take pictures. They remind us of moments gone by, and always
too quickly. Our memories are fleeting
and we need descriptive words and pictures to remind us what has past. We like memories, they ground us, and they
give us an anchor in the quick pace of life.
Of course, memories and moments can be sad, happy,
frightening, painful, and joyous. We
want to forget the painful moments and hold to the good ones. Holding on to only the good ones gives birth
to the phrase, “the good old days.” We
reminisce over the past when the present is difficult. We long for simpler times, where our memories
have weeded out moments of difficulty.
We relish times where our imagination has built a paradise around a
frozen moment in time. It can become
obsessive, but it can also fill us with good feelings of loves and life that
As we recently traveled across the country on a train, we
took lots of pictures. We wanted to capture moments of interest and
emotion. For me moments of importance
always include people. I like objects,
architecture, scenery, and animals, but if they don’t include the people I care
for, I might as well buy a post card. In
the digital age we snap pictures at an alarming rate. Thousands of moments are stored, and rarely
seen again. The mountain of digital
images is so overwhelming that we just don’t have the time to sift through them
all. One picture of a friend’s smile, a
spouse’s hug, a child’s cry, is worth more than a hundred unseen digitally
In the gospels the authors have given us snapshots of Jesus’
life. Of all the things they could have
written they chose only a few, the most important. The Apostle John said that the world could not hold all
that could have been written about Jesus.
But what has been written is given to us, so that we won’t get lost in a
mountain of facts, but rather revel in the most intimate of acts. Over the next few Sundays I am going to
explore with the people at Grace Church, Moments with Jesus; snapshots of
intimate moments where our Savior interacted with people, and in doing so
give us an anchor for our faith. As we
spend time reminiscing over the good ole’ days of our Lord, I pray that we will
begin to revel in the memories we are making in Him today.
Today I am reflecting on moments past, but not forgetting
about the moments being created. I pray
that one day I will look back at these moments as the good ole’ days; days that
have been lived for Jesus; loving people; and cherishing my family and friends. I’m just saying....