photo by Bill Davenport
“I’m in the moment.” Warm breath tickled my ear as he whispered into my hair. Strong arms slipped around my waist and my pulse met the cadence of slapping waves against the hull of the ship. Mmm. And when dolphins danced in the waning light, well . . .
You say, what? Puh-lease!
No, seriously. It’s true. And whales blew in the distance, and a sea lion frolicked in the bay, and a salty breeze played with our hair as the hills came alive with the sound of music––
Wait. Okay . . . so maybe the music drifted from my hubby’s iPad. At any rate, as far as our eyes could see, from the banks of Saint Lawrence Seaway to the peak of each mountain, autumn sang with an intense array of color. And I won’t burden you with details of postcard worthy sites or fairy tale sunsets.
But I will say, from the moment we bounded onto the deck of Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas cruise ship in New Jersey, until we drug our suitcases through Quebec’s airport to board a flight home––we were giddy as young newlyweds. The Lord had blessed us with an unexpected thirty-fifth wedding anniversary getaway and we devoured it.
I’m in the moment. I can’t recall how often those words escaped my awesome man’s lips. But the simple phrase became our anthem.
I know, I know, we were on a dream vacation. It should’ve been easy to live in the moment. However, some passengers who shared the same luxurious ship, tasted the same delicious fare, experienced the same royal treatment, wore sour faces and grumbling oozed from their mouths.
It doesn’t matter where we are, our minds could betray us. We could find ourselves consumed with financial pressure, health issues, and worried about our jobs or family. We may even nag God about our future and miss the full measure of something amazing He’s giving us right now.
As a parent, I love when my children enjoy the gifts I’ve given. During this Thanksgiving season, let’s hunt down and cherish the rich moments only a Loving Father brings.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your Rejoice! . . .minds in Christ Jesus. ”
~Philippians 4:4&7 (NIV)
Now is your moment. What will you do with it?
In the moment,
Worship in every breath