We all want to take part in a “holy moment”.
You know what I’m talking about. Those brief seconds where the heavens open, the glorious sunshine cascades over you as a symbol of your connection with God, and something spectacular happens.
Who doesn’t want that?
We all (secretly) dream of God speaking to us that way, or showing up in the middle of a Sunday service, or answering our prayers that way. We all want those “holy moments”.
The problem is, we don’t realize they happen all the time.
Think about a conversation you just had with your spouse recently.
Maybe it was about when the water bill was due. Maybe it was about your daughter’s preschool tea party. Maybe it was about sex in your marriage.
Did it feel like a holy moment? Did it feel like anything special?
Most likely the answer is ‘no’. Those kinds of conversations are ‘the norm’, or ‘normal’. Not holy. Not heavenly. If anything, it was boring or stressful.
But the problem isn’t our topic of conversation, or even the person we are talking with. It’s our perspective. It’s where we are looking.
We tend to think of holy moment, heavenly events as happening elsewhere.
Holy moments happen in church, or after hours and hours of prayer. Heavenly moments are the result of repeated self-denial and sacrifice and other Christianize words.
There is some truth in that. God speaks in special ways when we practise spiritual disciplines like prayer and fasting, and worshipping in community. But don’t fool yourself into thinking those are the only times we can have a ‘holy moment’.
Remember what the prophet Isaiah recorded?
“And the [seraphim] were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
The angels that circle the Lord as he sits on his throne, sing out, day and night;
The whole world is filled with very presence of God. The divine is not locked away in some box, or some sacred room with a cloth door.
God is here, in our midst, all the time. And holy is He.
God’s presence is here right now. The holy moment that we long for, that we are so anxious to experience, is something that we can experience all the time.
Yes, you can experience it in church. Yes, you can experience it after some spiritual disciplines. But you can also experience that moment of God’s rich presence, opening up the heavens and doing something spectacular in your kitchen. In your living room. In the middle of a conversation with your spouse about bills and preschool and the mundane things of life.
Because even there, in the mundanity of life, God is.
The God who wants to bless us. The God who wants to give good things to his children. The God who heals us of our wounds and redeems us of our sins.
When are those ‘holy moments”?
Anytime. All the time. If we are willing to stop and remember what the angels said, ”the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Take a moment to stop and realize it, and enjoy a ‘holy moment’.
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