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