• Kristen Hepner

Just a Moment...


I took this picture a few weeks ago on Hilton Head Island.


Isn't it just breathtaking?


It was early in the morning and our family went to watch the sunrise. Josh had gone by himself the day before and the girls were upset they missed it, so on this early morning, we all came along.


Have you ever gotten up early enough to watch a sunrise? Maybe you are not a morning person and that sounds like a horrible idea, but I encourage you to do it.


It's not a long process. It's actually really fast. And every single second looks different.


Change.


Change is inevitable, isn't it? And if I am being honest, I don't like it.


If only the sky could look like this for a few hours or days, so we could fully soak in all it's beauty and memorize the light hues, cloud shapes, and mesmerizing reflections.


Nevertheless, whether I like it or not, change is going to happen.


I just can't get over this photograph. I took it standing on a beach. There were several people around me who were also taking photos, but no one has a shot that looks just like mine. Mine is unique to the exact moment I pressed the button. In just a millisecond of a moment, I caught the light from where I was standing, the waves, the reflections, the people in the background, all unique to right where I was standing at that exact moment. It makes me think of all the things that happen in just a moment, all around me, that I may be too busy or too distracted to capture.


The Bible says that life is but a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow (James 4:14). A lot like this moment that filled my eyes and my heart.


What am I doing with this one life that I am living? Am I enjoying the sunrises? Such a brief display of God's love and beauty to this world. Am I taking in these moments with heartfelt gratitude?


Because it happens in just a moment, and then change comes.


Am I enjoying the season of motherhood that I am currently in? Grown children, a few in-between, and a few that still need me often; all of these moments last for just a moment. Then everything changes.


What am I doing with the gifts of beauty all around me that the Lord has gifted me with? Am I staying present to recognize the moments?


Change is inevitable, isn't it?


Personally, I am in a season of wait that I want to end. But even in that statement, I am showing my cards that the moments are quickly slipping by without me holding onto them. This season we have started to call the "confusing in-between". It's where I don't fully know or understand what the Lord has for my family yet. The Lord is certainly purging from me all kinds of things that may block my view from the sunrises, sunsets, giggles, and the beauty of here and now....right here in this moment.


So although I may not want to be where I am, the two truths align. Change will come, most likely quicker than I would like, and this season will be over in just a moment.


May all of our hearts be open to the sunsets; soaking in the moments; because just like that, everything will change.


“It's funny how day by day nothing changes. But when you look back, everything is different." - C.S. Lewis




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