From the Pulpit: Finding God in the moments

I read a story the other day that told of a man in an airport. He saw a mom with her three little daughters. They were wearing pretty dresses and talking excitedly amongst each other. He overheard their conversation and learned that the daughters were there to see daddy come home from work on a jet plane. The man watched the excitement in the little girls’ eyes as they anticipated both seeing and greeting their daddy. What seemed like only seconds later, the jet plane pulled into the terminal. There were over a hundred people coming off of that plane but it was unmistakable who daddy was. All eyes from those little girls were glued on one man. Their daddy spotted their mother and yelled, “You forgot my top coat,” as he walked past his three little daughters.

I think my heart sank more for that father than it did for his little girls. He was presented with a moment to be a hero in his daughters’ eyes and didn’t even see it. He missed the moment. If we’re not careful, we can end up doing the very same thing today. Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” The idea of a day being a gift from God is something I’d like to explore with you for a moment. Most people you talk with would probably tell you that they’re thankful for being alive. They’re not lying to you, they really mean it. I want to push that envelope a little further and say that there is a greater gift in a day than being alive. It is the ability to recognize God in the day. It is this gift that will cause you to rejoice and be glad in it.

What is so humbling is that it’s not that hard. The phrase, “Stop and smell the roses,” embodies this idea of recognizing God in a day. While others smell the flowers, some marvel at the beauty of a sunset, look at a star-filled night sky, enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend, go for a drive in a car with no destination, etc It’s the ability to celebrate creation with the Creator.

There are two things I believe we must do if we’re going to experience Psalm 118:24. First, we need to cultivate an awareness that each day comes with the presence of God. Second, we need to slow down enough to experience this presence. Living each day at a hectic pace will almost inevitably keep you from experiencing the presence of God. Be creative and serious about making un-busy time in each day. Ask God to help you recognize those special moments He’s provided for you. May we sloooowwww down enough to see God in the moments. Seriously, I’m talking to you right now in this moment. Slow down. You’re missing out on life.

May you rejoice and be glad.

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)