While driving to school this time of year, I’m treated to a beautiful light show. The glow of reds, to pinks, to orange fading into yellow brightens my rear view mirror each morning. The light show is a glimpse of what the day might bring. But as the car speeds along to school and the view of the sky becomes a memory in a matter of minutes, so does our life as we spend more time looking in the rear view mirror instead of the reality of what the day will hold.
God’s gifts are as many as the day is long. Gifts in the morning light, gifts as the light slips below the horizon, gifts of laughter, and gifts of a song playing just for us on the radio. God wraps each gift and plans each one for us and the timing that He will hand them to us throughout the day. Is your focus centered enough to see the jewels that are meant just for you?
In that moment of laughter over a silly noise or joke-God gives us joy!
In the tear-flowing moment resulting from devastating news or the memory triggered by a past struggle-God gives us hope!
In the calm, quiet stillness of our God time – God whispers His truths!
In the gathering of friends – God creates community!
In the messiness of our mistakes – God extends grace and assures us we start each day with a clean slate!
God’s gifts are plentiful, glorious and wrapped beautifully just for us, but In a Blink we can blur the vision that was present a minute ago. In a blink we might miss these…
Life is a series of blinks-rapid eye movements- that can leave us overwhelmed, exhausted and missing out on God’s beauty. But what if we took this view of life and turned it upside down? What if instead, we hyper-focused on God and permitted Him to enter into each blink? These “in a blink” moments could then steal our focus from life’s messiness and instead allow us to glimpse God’s glory. A pause to give thanks for each of these glory moments will deepen our relationship with God and strengthen us when the day is long with challenges. Letting ourselves become consumed with God will sharpen our focus while working each day and our productivity will rise. Catching a God moment means we are letting God be the center from which everything else in our life flows. God treasures our time and talent! God craves a relationship with us! Shouldn’t we do the same for Him?
This verse for this time is a reminder that we are in this race of life for the long haul and we are keeping our eyes on the goal – Jesus!
12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Philippians 3:12-14 MSG
Today let us pray that we focus on all the “In a Blink gifts” that come wrapped in sunrises, friendships or other beauty in our day. Take time to say thanks to God for one small moment that brightened your day.
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I could thank you for reminding us of those blink moments.
I could thank you for bringing your beautiful perspective to our lives.
I could thank you for being the love and light you are.
I could tell you how I walk this same blink-moment walk alongside you and tell you how wonderful that is.
I could because I mean all those things! BUT what I really want you to grasp in your soul is how grateful I am to know you because you are ALL IN. Truly noticing those God-given moments is loving ALL the way in. ❤️
Rare gem, you are.
Big changes at my place… and there is a spot I believe you should be in. I’ll message you about it soon. ❤️
Your words-straight to my heart-such encouragement. So glad to see you out and about a bit! Continued prayers are coming your way. Have a wonderful week!
I can barely keep my eyes open, but I’m asking Him to reveal Himself, the beauty all around me in the eye blinks of my life. Hugs!
May God provide many “in a blink” moments for you this weekend! Blessed you stopped by!
The “blink gifts”–I love it, Mary! And I know what you mean about being mesmerized by the sky lately. I’ve seen so many sunsets (typically) that just take my breath away and your photo above is reminiscent of what has captured my eye. I am grateful that we have cameras that can capture these fleeting moments, but in reality, I know I need to focus more on the one moment gifts God gives me daily. Thanks so much for a beautifully written and inspiring post, my sweet friend!
It seems the colors are bolder and brighter in the morning and night sky. I was blessed with a unique sunrise again today. I snapped a picture as soon as I got out of my car. Thank you for your encouragement and continued support. Love that you have time to visit more often again! Hugs friend!
Loved this post, Mary. Beautiful. Especially this: What if instead, we hyper-focused on God and permitted Him to enter into each blink? These “in a blink” moments could then steal our focus from life’s messiness and instead allow us to glimpse God’s glory. A pause to give thanks … Your thoughtful message is an inspiration and a reminder to see Him in it all. Blessings…
Love that you stopped by Sheila! Thank you for your encouragement and for spending a little time at my place today. May you glory in many “in a blink” moments the rest of this week!
Oh, I love this: “in a blink gifts”! Yes, I’m learning that life is captured in the slowing down and inviting Him in. This line says it all perfectly: “What if instead, we hyper-focused on God and permitted Him to enter into each blink?” Thank you for this reminder today, so beautifully written. Loved it!
Karen-I’m blessed to have you here today. I love being able to share God’s reminders and hope to seek out these moments each day instead of just stumbling upon them. May you be blessed by many “in a blink” moments the rest of this week.
Mary, Thank you for reminding me that it is God that gives us these moments! I was thinking back to the last day or so, I was standing next to a dry creek bed where I live close by. This young deer came walking out of the trees and down to the creek and glanced at me, I had never seen one there before! Then the next night I drove home and saw the most beautiful large harvest moon shining over the area. Then to top it off today I see a white butterfly landing on my garden plant right next to me as I am picking some vegetables. Thank you Lord for all these wonderful signs!
Thank you for sharing your signs or glory moments from God. Once we pause to look, it is amazing what we will see. Happy Wednesday!
I don’t want to miss a thing!! So thankful for you, Friend, to remind me to see everything through God’s eyes and not my own. I love this encouragement and ask for God to help me see all of the gifts He has for me in every moment.
Our perspective certainly becomes better when we look at the world through God’s eyes. I am truly enjoying looking for my “in a blink” moments. They are everywhere! Love you friend!
Hi Mary! I’m following you at Testimony Tuesday, and I see now that was no accident. God wanted me to read your post today. I needed these truths. I had a tough day at work, and I became so focused on the “wrong,” that I missed the good things. Thank you for lifting my eyes and for helping me cherish the “in a blink” moments” You’ve blessed me today. Thank you! I also loved how God used His sunrise to speak to both of us! 🙂
Julie I am blessed to have you here and for your words of encouragement right back to me. I must admit that my focus can shift quickly back to the day and its routines but I’m trying to be more aware of God moments that He chose just for me. I love getting to know you! Blessings!
Hi Mary! While I was reading your post, I became very aware of my ‘eye-blinks’!
I so agree with the fact that I can get so wrapped up in my own stuff, that I forget it’s not my stuff anyway. It should be God’s, and I should be paying attention to all the gifts he is giving me in this moment, in this day. What a beautiful sunrise, what a gift of glory. And you were there to capture, appreciate and praise. I want to be more like you!
I was able to wonder at the Harvest Moon last night. So grateful for that.
Wonderful post today,
It is so easy to get sucked in by life and miss out on the glory moments that God had planned just for us. The moon was spectacular last night and the sunsets here have been breathtaking. May you relish each God moment in your day and give the glory back to Him.
mmm … and the next time I see a school bus, I’m going to be thinking of you, Mary!
I hope you’ll think of me at other times too!!! Glad to see you here today! May you experience many “in the blink” moments this week my friend!
Some of my most favorite words from God are those “in a blink” moments, when He packs a whole bunch of unspoken words into something simply stunning. His communication is simply amazing!
I love that no words are needed to immerse ourselves in God’s glory. For me, I hear the unspoken words through the beauty surrounding me. God certainly knows how to get our attention. Loved seeing you here today, Jen!
Beautiful words this morning! I was begrudgingly taking the kids for a bike ride last night when we should have been getting ready for bed. But then I saw that big gorgeous moon and it reminded me to stop and enjoy all the moments. It won’t be too long before they’re big enough to ride without me.
Every moment of everyday can be a reminder of who provides the glory if we just pause long enough to let God into the moment. The harvest moon was spectacular last night. I tried to get some pictures to capture the moment but they didn’t do it justice. So glad you popped over here and found some encouragement today. Have a wonderful week.
Mary, so very true. We can miss so much “in a blink”. Just last night, my husband called me outside to look at the sky. It was a gorgeous display of orange and red and pink causing everything to be shaded in its various colors. It was an amazing display of our Creator & I am so glad he thought to call me outside. May we each be blessed today with a reminder from our God of His love for us. Have a great Tuesday!
Yes the chance to focus our day on God instead of ourselves is such a gift and one that God extends to us everyday. I am working hard to find those “in a blink” moments because when I do I am always blessed. Hopefully you noticed the beautiful harvest moon last night too! Have a beautiful week!