"God's anger is but for a moment; God's favor is for life." - Psalm 30:5
I totally understand the push to live in the moment. To totally show up in real time is always needful.
But at times, we've all been consumed by moments of anger, regret, sorrow and anguish. And sometimes these moments last for weeks, months and years.
Life is more than the accumulation of the good and bad moments we experience. Life is also the hope that defies current desperation. Life is also the love that is still greater than our present animosities. Life is also the faith that keeps us moving forward even after we think we've experienced the best there is.
When I was a little boy, my mother made cakes "from scratch." She would begin by placing all her ingredients for the cake on the table.
Since her cakes were so delicious and her cake batter was so good (my siblings and I licked the bowl), I assumed that everything she used to make the cake had to be good. One day after she'd set all her ingredients out and left the kitchen, I decided to taste each ingredient.
The eggs were slimy and unpleasant, the flour was dry and distasteful, the butter was repulsive, the buttermilk was bitter and even the sugar was too sweet.
When she returned I asked her how she could make such good cakes out of such nasty ingredients. She said, "Well, you just let Momma work with all this."
We all have our moments. But God works with all of them and blends them together just right to make our lives better than we ever thought possible.
God please don't let bitter moments cause me to miss my life. Amen.
Kenneth L. Samuel is Pastor of Victory for the World Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia.