Last week I was in a class I am taking at my University. During the class we split up into group and did a little 'ice breaker' to get to know each other. (don't you just love those?) In our groups we had to answer specific questions about ourselves, and one of the questions was: What event in your life has defined you?
My answer to this came quickly and was: "My entire college experience". It wasn't until that exact moment that I realized that my 4 years at college had simply become a 'moment' in my life. All of the laughs, tears, worries, and fears are now just one moment in my life. And that is what life is made up of: moments.
No matter what kind of 'moment' we are in, we usually feel like it is a time that consumes us, and it becomes who we are - but really that moment is just another 'spot' on the radar forming us into who we will become.
When I was younger and had to share a bathroom with my sisters and longed desperately for my own bathroom, it was just a moment.
When I was in high school and felt insecure and out of place, it was just a moment.
When I went to college as a freshman, not knowing a single person, pretty much scared out of my mind, it was a moment.
When I felt like I was the ONLY girl who wasn't dating somebody seriously, it was a moment.
When I was worried sick about what I was going to do once I graduated and moved on and left what had now become comfortable; college (quite ironic) it was a moment.
When my boyfriend wouldn't propose and I just wanted to get married, it was just a moment.
So many situations in my life that at the time took up all of my thoughts, emotions and sometimes sanity, are now just moments in my life that I look back on.
But I know that I am who I am because of each of these moments. Some of them I look back disappointed, because I allowed the situation to take control over me, and change my emotions and attitude. Some of them helped me gain faith, while others just showed what little faith I can have.
Right now I have several situations that consume my thoughts, but I am hoping that I have learned from how I handled situations in the past, and I will use that to determine how I handle these situations. I do not want to allow anything to control me, and I do not want to be disappointed in the amount of Faith I have.
So if you are going through a 'moment' right now where you don't know what is going to happen, I encourage you to step back and look at it is as a moment, that will soon pass, and ask God for direction. And do not allow the enemy to steal Joy, Peace, or Faith from you through this moment.
I know what I'm doing, I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. When you come looking for me, you'll find me. Jeremiah 29:11-13
This post is so true! When we are in the midst of situations they seem all-consuming like they will last forever, but in light of eternity, they are only a moment. You are right --we are products of all of those "moments" in our lives. We are who we are because of all of those "moments". You are wise beyond your years, girl!
Ok great post! But question - why are you taking a class, are you in grad school? I'm confused? =) ttyl!ReplyDelete
I love this post with all of my heart! SO true and so beautifully written.ReplyDelete
Aww I really like this post! It's so true. It's nice to know that bad times we may be currently going through are going to one day be a distant memory.ReplyDelete
This too shall pass....
Thanks for posting this!
Girlfriend, you are speaking right to my heart with these last couple of posts. Thank you, thank you! I need to remember...we are passing through, we aren't stuck, and God is using these moments to make us more like Him.ReplyDelete
I am praying for you Megan and for the things you have shared with me. Love, Faith
You are exactly right...how often I spend so much time worrying about simple moments, when that's all they are. I just have to remind myself that "this too shall pass."ReplyDelete
I love this post. It is so very true. We often get transfixed on what is at hand.. and we forget God's promised..Thanks for the reminder! : )ReplyDelete
Speaking of moments, read "Chasing Daylight - Seizing divine moments"ReplyDelete
Amazing book really.
I am so glad I read this post today! Thank you.ReplyDelete
Such a great post! I am loving your blog more and more Megan!!!ReplyDelete
i can totally relate to this. so many useless thoughts seriously consumed me in high school, college, grad school, before marriage. they took over my life and now i realize what a waste it all was and that God's plan was right on track all along.ReplyDelete
Very encouraging and true post!ReplyDelete
So if you are going through a 'moment' right now where you don't know what is going to happen, I encourage you to step back and look at it is as a moment, that will soon pass, and ask God for direction. And do not allow the enemy to steal Joy, Peace, or Faith from you through this moment.ReplyDelete
THANK YOU for that!! I very much needed to read and hear and act upon that at this very moment in my life. Great post!
When you're in the moment, like you wrote about, it seems like that is all you can think about.ReplyDelete
It appears things will never change. I remember a very sweet verse I found several years ago and I have it highlighted and underlined in every Bible (with initials of the person I was praying this over) I have.
It's Psalm 138:7-8...especially verse 8a "The Lord will perfect (accomplish) that which concerns me.." Also, chapter 139 of Psalms, is one of my favorite chapters. He has searched me and knows me. Isn't that amazing and yet hard to fully understand?!!
I have written at the top of my Bible in Ps. 138...absolutely everything that concerns His children is under His control. He is faithful to accomplish every good work within His people.
And I dearly love Jer. 29:11.
Stay in the Word...it is full of precious promises!
Great post, Megan!
Megan- Oh, thank you for this! I love how you wrote it and God totally used it to speak to my heart. These struggles are just a "moment" He will use to mold and shape me. I know it...but I don't KNOW IT. (with my heart!) Thank you so much for being my friend! I can't wait til we meet in person!ReplyDelete
We are obviously on the same journey, though, different circumstances, and I just love you to death and love reading these posts!