I’m sitting on my bedroom floor surrounded by pieces of duplo. My 4 year old has just finished playing with them and has run off to find other toys (to add to the collection on my bedrooms floor!). In those brief moments between his departure and joyful arrival back with another armload of toys was a sacred space today. Moments when I sat back contemplating the playtime with my little chap. A moment when my thoughts of how much I love him turned towards God. When in that place of momentary rest I found myself enveloped by the presence of God.
God is not constrained or restricted by time. He doesn’t hold back His presence until you have a sizeable chunk of time set aside for Him. He is always near, always present and always ready to encounter us. That brief moment encountering the presence of God was not my only conscious time with God that day, but it was a stand out, precious and memorable moment. It was as tangible as the all enveloping hugs that my grandmother used to give me. It was as precious as an hour spent in worship at church or time spent with my Bible. It was an ordinary moment turned extraordinary as I connected with God while sitting on my bedroom floor surrounded by duplo.
“Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “And not a God far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?” declares the Lord.
“Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:23-24)
“Life is a sequence of moments called now”
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” Dr Seuss
All the little moments that make up our days are what construct our lives. Our lives are made of many, many moments. Most of the time though, we rush through life from one activity to the next. Days can pass by in a blur. We enjoy life, we notice and appreciate the bigger moments – the catch up with a friend, the birthday celebration, or other social event. The achievements at work, the delicious meal, good movie, the list goes on.
But what about the small, seemingly insignificant moments? The first sip of the morning coffee enroute to work, the warmth of the sun on your back as you watch the kids play soccer. The spontaneous cuddles from your children. The song that comes across the radio and interrupts your train of thought as it captivates you for the first time. Noticing the shifting shadows outside. Pausing to enjoy the crispness of the morning or the dusting of frost on the grass.
We are almost at the end of our school holidays. As I look back at the last couple of weeks, there have been many significant moments that will be part of our family memories. Going to the Wiggles Concert, inventions with a Scientist, play dates with cousins and friends. But there are other moments that I will treasure and savour as well, fleeting ones. The tranquillity and the warmth of the sun as I watched my 3 year old on his swing. The morning cuddles from him. The random and creative creations presented by my 5 year old. The conversations with my 7 year old about God and life, watching the kids play their inventive games. The magic as we drove home late one night through the fog.