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How Everything Can Change In A Moment

July 5, 2014 by

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One incident. One accident. One illness. One episode. One phone call.

We’ve all experienced a time in life when one moment has changed everything. Though we may get through the original event, we never really see things the same way again.

It has a way of changing us; a way of reminding us that life is short and time is precious. We remember that we forget to tell them they are loved, that they are precious, and that life is beautiful because of them.

I must have needed that reminder.

Just in case you do, too, hold your spouse a little longer the next time you are hugging. Make that phone call to say, “I’m sorry.” Send that card or gift that says, “You’ve blessed my life.” Hold your child’s face, look them in the eye, and tell them all that they mean to you.

‘Cause everything can change in a moment. 

“…you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? Is it even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” ~James 4:14 (NKJV)

We need not live life in fear, for we have a God who loves us and has great plans for our lives.

“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

Nevertheless, we do live in a fallen world. Tragedy, pain, sickness, and death are things we must deal with until He comes again and restores all things. In the meantime, may we remember the fragility of life. Let’s not hold back the love, appreciation, and adoration we show towards one another.

‘Cause everything can change in a moment. 

Resolve, today, to say what needs to be said. Remind that person for the zillionth time how much they mean to you. Tell someone about the love of Christ. Today. There may not be a tomorrow.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding us that we live a fragile, uncertain, and fleeting life here on this earth. Help us to take the time to appreciate those You have blessed us with. Remind us to say what needs to be said, to forgive, to forget, and to love one another wholeheartedly. Help us to live in the peace that only knowing you can bring while keeping in mind that tomorrow is never guaranteed. Give us the boldness to tell others who need to hear the saving message of Jesus Christ. It is in His precious name that we pray. Amen. 

What experiences have reminded you how quickly life can change? What do you do to remind those you love how you feel about them?

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14 Responses to How Everything Can Change In A Moment

  1. Joyce

    Truly God has each moment of our lives in His total control. As American Christians, we have been fed a diet of partial truths too often.. The Refiners Fire is a place that God takes us to as He gets us prepared for eternity in Heaven. It is a place of often great pain, but at the other end we can look back and see the work He accomplished through it in our lives and hearts. This life is but a vapor, eternity forever. He must ready us for that place where we shall rule and reign with Him forever in the New Heaven and New Earth.

    Whatever we must go through in this life will be well worth it when we see what it prepared us for. I think often and pray for Joni Erickson and see what the Refiners fire has done in her and what a precious vessel she has become for Him in all her terrible suffering. The cry of our hearts should be….”Oh that I would be more like Him,” and that does not come cheaply. However He is with us each step of the way, His Holy Spirit given to us to comfort, strengthen and cheer us, and make of us, in the end a glorious vessel fit for the Master’s use.

    • Heather

      Amen, Joyce! Beautifully said. As I was reading your words, this scripture verse came to mind, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” ~2 Corinthians 4:17-18. This verse became a great comfort to me after losing my young, precious aunt to cancer. We can take great comfort knowing that we are a part of God’s perfect plan! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. I so appreciate your encouragement.

      • Joyce

        You are truly a Proverbs 31 woman, a great blessing to my heart, and to many others. How rare and precious to share with someone who has so much of His loving heart. Great blessings to you.

        • Heather

          Isn’t our God wonderful that He gives us one another to bless and encourage each other! To Him be the glory always and forever.

  2. Rick

    What a beautiful post Heather and a great reply Joyce. As sad as pain and tragedy can be in our lifetime here, I can’t imagine the depths it reaches to those who do not know Jesus. Where does it end for them? I recently followed a post on Facebook that was started for a prior work mate of mine. I do not really do FB, but was placed in this group to keep updated on his major heart surgery as it unfolded. I was amazed at all the comments that His friends and family shared throughout the process. There was not one post from anyone about lifting this person up in prayer except mine. I quickly saw that I was alone in my method of support. There were many thinking of you comments, wishing you well posts, keeping our fingers crossed and hoping all turns out well wishes. It reminded me of how empty the faith and hope of the unbeliever’s life is and how this darkness can infect entire families for generations. My friend came out of surgery just fine and all the comments went to a place of “we knew it would be just fine”…I wonder what they would have posted if he did not make it? We as Christians KNOW that it will be just fine either way. Praise God for this assurance we have and we must pray continually for those who don’t.

    • Heather

      I cannot imagine how empty my life would feel without a relationship with Jesus Christ and the unlimited access I have to go to the Father in prayer. I, too, have a huge prayer burden for the lost. It breaks my heart, as it surely must break God’s.

  3. Lynne Streeter Childress

    This is beautiful. The part that struck me was “We need not live life in fear, for we have a God who loves us and has great plans for our lives.” I look at things that happen and live in fear of what COULD happen in light of this. What a beautiful reminder. I was at physical therapy when my sister called 6 years ago to tell me that our Daddy had cancer. Everything changed then. He fought for 4 years, and has been gone for 2 now, and I feel like our lives changed with that diagnosis, and mine did with that phone call but God has done so many amazing things around that an I don’t get it, but He does. Thanks for the reminder to love them while you have them. Found you on Chasing Joy!

    • Heather

      Lynne, I am so sorry to hear about your Daddy! I know the pain that you are dealing with. Next week I will be sharing a few posts that speak of my story with losing a precious loved one after she battled with cancer for 2 1/2 years and has now been gone for 10. It was an event that put me into the most major faith crisis I have ever faced, but it was also the one that has grown me the most. I hope you will get a chance to read it as my goal is to encourage those who have suffered a great loss like yours. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers for I know your pain too well. Blessings to you and yours. Keep the faith!

  4. Michelle Westbrook

    I wholeheartedly agree! My co-workers think it’s funny that I tell my husband I love him several times a day. But you never know what the day will bring so we forgive often and love always and make as many happy memories as we can 🙂

    • Heather

      I love your perspective, Michelle! My hubs and I tell each other how much we love and appreciate one another several times a day, as well. We don’t live in fear, but we really never know what tomorrow holds. Blessings to you and yours.

  5. tmpresser

    What a great post Heather and thank you for the great reminder. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays, it always blesses me when you link up and share your wisdom.

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