Friday, October 26, 2018

Five Minute Friday – It Only Takes a Moment

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in the Five Minute Friday writing challenge.  But it feels so good to dive back in.  If you like to write or need some inspiration and encouragement from others be sure to check it out. 

Today word prompt:  Moment

It only takes a moment
For everything in your life to change

One moment
And things will never be the same again

Sometimes those are good moments
Filled with happiness, excitement and joy

Other times, it’s a sad or desperate moment
One that you will look back on and wonder
What if
If only
I wish

The thing of it is
We don’t know when those moments are coming

We don’t know
When it will be the last time…
You’ll see that loved one alive
Or the last time you get to say I love you
The final time you will hear their voice
The last message that will come across your phone

When that moment comes
Only then you realize…
No more chances to say I’m sorry, I was wrong, please forgive me
No more opportunities to share the Gospel of Christ
No longer can you tell them what they’ve meant to you
Your words of encouragement will not be heard by the one who needs it the most

No longer will you be able to hold their hand
Look into their eyes
Laugh together so hard it makes you cry
Hug them and feel them hold you tight

So today
For a moment
Take a moment
To be with
To do or say
That which you can’t do
When the one you love has been taken away

Susan Wachtel
October 26, 2018

In light of the recent death of my brother, Michael Bunts, I’m very aware of those moments that have passed and I can’t get back or do over. 

When a fellow Christian dies you miss them, are profoundly sad and grieve their loss.  But it’s a grief with hope in the knowledge that their life is not over and you will see them again in heaven.  They are in the presence of God, where we long to be.

But when it’s someone who doesn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ, or hasn’t repented of their sin and put their faith in the complete and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, that’s a sadness without hope for their eternal security.

Even in that profound sadness and loss…there is always hope for the believer based on who God is.  Sovereign, Righteous, Holy, Holy, Holy, Compassionate, Truth, Deliverer, Refuge, Strong Tower, Strength, All-Knowing, All-Powerful, Great High Priest, Everywhere Present, Creator, Eternal, Without Beginning and Without End, The Good Shepherd, The Way, The Truth and the Life, The Narrow Gate, Without Sin, Pure, The Lamb of God Who Takes Away the Sin of the World, Resurrected Savior, Kind, Patient, the Mighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ the Son of God, Immanuel, Messiah, Wrathful, Punishes the Wicked, Merciful, Gracious, Just, Judge…and so much more.


Terry said...

Hello Susan.. Do you remember me? ��
Am I getting through??... Terry

susanwalkergirl said...

Hi Terry, I sure do remember you.

How are you doing these days? I tried to bring up your blog Canadian Blogger, but something goes wrong and I wasn't able to see your website.

So good to hear from you! I hope that you are doing well.

We live in Texas now...very different from California. We love it here.

Terry said...

I really miss the blog life Susan you were such a good friend.. How are you doing these days??? 💕 Love Terry

susanwalkergirl said...

Terry it's so good to hear from you! Perhaps when the time is right you can blog again. You are a gifted writer and photographer. Take good care. Love, Susan

susanwalkergirl said...

Good morning Terry,

We are doing okay. Last week we moved to a new home, just a few miles from where we used to live. Thankfully, it's a one-story home. Our large home was getting to be too much to handle for us. The Lord marvelously provided just the right buyer. In addition to that, our church, Countryside Bible Church, is doing a church plant in our neighborhood and we've decided to go to the new church plant. We love Countryside, but we are just a few blocks away from the new church. I know it will be a wonderful time to see the Lord at work in growing our church.

How are you doing? How is your family? What's happening in your life these days. Praying that the Lord encourages and strengthens you.

Terry said...

Hello Susan.. Am I getting through ok
Can I still use your email address? 💕 💞

susanwalkergirl said...

Hi Terry, email is still the same:

Looking forward to hearing how you are doing.


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