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HomeWord - Feb. 11, 2009


Missing the Moment 
This devotional was written by Robin Dugall

Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow.  Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me.  All day long I put my hope in you. — Psalm 25:4-5 (NLT) 

One morning recently, I began to think about all the stuff that I had to do...the classes to prepare; the talks for the upcoming youth conference I would be speaking at; the projects around the house; the storage unit to organize; and about co-workers to supervise and encourage. Looking over my “to-do” list, I found my heart starting to race and it was only 5:45 in the morning.

I've always been a person who was primarily driven by the horizon: the dreams, visions and hopes of upcoming days where the promise of newness and transformation lie. It has been my passion to be emerging into the life that God wants me to ultimately live; however, the problem with this  is that I miss the moments where God is actually attempting to grab my attention. So many times Jesus had to say, "if only you had eyes to see and ears to hear."   I've wondered about those words for hours. I understand that Jesus is fully present and that He is trying to call me into participation with Him and His Kingdom. What I have missed, or better yet, ignored, is that Jesus is pulling me into this moment.

God is looking for me to put my hope and trust in Him today, ALL day long, not just tomorrow or when I’m in need of Him.  He's challenging me to see all the moments of my life as being filled with meaning. Each moment is filled with the presence of God, but I'm so stuck on vision and dreams that I skim right by them. As a result, I’ve decided to start my days differently. I’m going to start each day by praying, asking God to give me a clear understanding of each moment. I’ll still plan and dream about the future, of course, but I’m going to concentrate more on each moment, as well!  How about you? If you find that you’re like me – prone to overlook the moment in order to get to the future – I invite you to join me in this daily prayer!


  1. Think about the day you lived yesterday:  Is it possible you missed God moving or speaking to you?  How did He try to grab your attention?
  2. Why is it that you run so fast in your life?  What are you trying to prove?  What do you think God would say about that?  Take a moment or two and talk to the Lord about your feelings.

Psalm 25; Psalm 4; Genesis 2:1-3; Matthew 14:13-14

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