Our days are filled with golden moments. In the life of every individual there are moments of such transcendence that they may be called golden. Perhaps they are moments of celebration like the birth of a baby, when time stops and you recognize the miracle of birth. Perhaps the golden moment is a long hoped for life transition that you will never forget. Perhaps the golden moment is a first day of school, a graduation or a wedding.
But sometimes the golden moment is a life-changing experience caused by pain, a fork in the road where a hard decision has to be made, or a moment of sheer grief when you feel you have lost everything. Those moments are golden because you will never forget them and will forever experience their impact. You pass through those moments as a person changed. You have transcended your very life and have risen to a spiritual plane. That’s what makes these kind of golden moments so survivable. These are the moments in which you grow and transition. These are moments when God is nearest.
A friend recently lost her newborn baby girl. She traveled that horrendous road with dignity, courage and faith. Thoroughly heartbroken, she fully experienced the birth and the death of her baby within one life-altering moment. She never saw her daughter smile. She never saw her daughter take a breath. But because God was so near, this was a golden moment for her.
Moments of grief are the most golden moments in life. They are the moments when we are assured that we have a treasure in our earthen vessels.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
2 Corinthians 4:6-9
May you experience this treasure in every golden moment of your life.