I had a moment a few weeks ago.
You know in the movies where sometimes they show a moment by freezing the motion and then panning the entire scene?
That was the kind of moment I’m writing of.
The kind of moment that lasts longer than a moment, but not nearly long enough.
The kind of moment where you’re not sure where it started and where it ended – the whole moment blurs together, and extends beyond what you can remember except that you remember every detail vividly.
The kind of moment where when you see it in hindsight, the lightening is the perfect sunset lighting where everyone and everything is glowing. And there is music that you can hear that perfectly suits the moment without over-powering it, and its a song you know, except you don’t know what song it is.
And you can hear every word of every conversation, and hear every giggle so richly that you can feel it all the way down to your toes.
Do you know the type of moment I’m talking about?
The type of moment where you want to hold your breath. Cause if you hold your breath maybe time will stop and then you can exist in a moment forever? And maybe it doesn’t even have to be forever, it just has to be long enough for you to relax into the moment, so that you can carry it with you always. Maybe its cause you are safe, maybe its cause you feel loved, maybe its cause its the best moment you remember and you don’t want to lose it – you don’t want to face the fear of never feeling that way again.
Do you know what I’m talking about?
I shared that with my friend Kelsey the other day and she, in all her Godly wisdom, and glittery-glory-sisterhood said this: “There are those moments that are glimpses into Heaven and it’s like the Lord says, Hold on, I’m coming, this is the tiniest fraction of what awaits you.”
There is no scripture that directly addresses the moments where you want to hold your breath, but I think that this particular friend tapped into something rich. That there is hope. That this life is temporary. That God is good. That the best moments here on earth are a fraction of what awaits us in heaven. That He is coming.
“I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” John 14:18
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:4
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19
I think that’s what it is. Those moments are a glimpse of what is to come. They are a reminder that this life is temporary and the best is yet to come. They are to remind us of His goodness. They are to remind us He is gracious beyond measure.
Those breathless moments leave space for the Lord to breath His hope into us and to remind us to hold on, He’s coming.