2020-03-18 - A Freezing A Moment
Having grown up in the entertainment age, when VHS was a vast improvement over Beta movie tapes, you can imagine how tickled I was when live TV shows could be paused. Just being able to pause a recorded show when needed was a big deal, without the need of a video tape that could eventually wear out. With the digital improvements, it is harder to ruin copies of shows or movies along with the added convenience of not having to physically return, unless it is a Redbox DVD, since many can also be streamed online. When our purchase time is up, they just disappear from the collection of shows available. Particularly partial to the pause feature I have gotten so accustomed to using, I can forget I have something awaiting my return, as I go off to do a quick chore. The frozen moment is any number of the possible scenes such as the investigation, the pursuit, resolution or the ones before and after. The ones of ongoing dialogue in any of those scenes can be interesting looking, awkward looking or just plain silly, with that moment they are delayed. Conversations are the most frequent resumption points for me returning to a scene, which left me wondering what those of us without scripted lines to deliver might say if we took time to freeze a moment and reflect before our own thoughts were imparted to a recipient.
How we convey ourselves to others can have a lasting effect. It isn‘t that being honest about how we feel is bad, yet taking care to be less likely to be brash to the point of disregarding anyone else could reduce regret and wishing we had frozen our own moment to say the same thing in a way that would be better received. Now sometimes, people even take this too far and stifle other‘s ability to genuine with anyone, which is unhealthy. But a good balance somewhere between rashly speaking verses and suppressing emotions needing to be worked through is a better solution. If we spend too much time trying to placate everyone, it can be just as toxic to us as being inconsiderate. Steadfastness is something worth achieving, and it does not mean that we will leave behind all possibility of having brief instants we would prefer to freeze and repeat differently. But God is the source of the steadfast spirit we seek, as we walk through our part of this vapor called life. He is always steadfast, and when we seek him to revive our weary minds and bodies, we will discover that it will give us strength, courage, and peace in knowing that, “ And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God‘s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:27-28 NIV) I truly wish I could freeze some of those moments with the one who gives me all I need. Someday, the challenges we have endured and are enduring will be fully understood, and our reward for persevering and continually seeking God‘s favor will leave us singing praises continuously in amazement.
"So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before Jehovah his God." (2 Chronicles 27:6 ASV)
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All verses are from the New American Standard Version (NASB) unless otherwise noted.