Lent Blog #15 (The Big Moment)

March 3, 2010

There is a book that I recently read called Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. The book is basically about celebrating the extraordinary nature of ordinary life. There is a chapter that I absolutely love in which the author talks about waiting. She talks about how we are always waiting for something. And then we get there and then we start waiting for something else. It is as if we are expecting a big moment, like the ones they have in the movies. On regards to The Big Moment, Shauna Niequist says this:

The Big Moment, unfortunately, is an urban myth. Some people have them, in a sense, when they win the Heisman or become the next American Idol. But even that football player or that singer is living a life made up of more than that one moment. Life is a collection of a million, billion moments, tiny little moments and choices, like a handful of luminous, glowing pearls. And strung together, built upon one another, lined up through the days and the years, they make a life, a person. It takes so much time, and so much work, and those beads and moments are so small, and so much less fabulous and dramatic than the movies.

But this is what I am finding, in glimpses and flashes: this is it. This is it, in the best possible way. That thing I’m waiting for, that adventure, that movie-score-worthy experience unfolding gracefully. This is it. Normal, daily life ticking by on our streets and sidewalks, in our homes and apartments, in our beds and at our dinner tables, in our dreams and prayers and fights and secrets–this pedestrian life is the most precious thing any of us will ever experience.

That specific chapter came to mind today. It was a fantastic day. Like, one of those days that you walk around smiling from ear to ear. But nothing overly eventful happened today. No Big Moment happened. It was the little, simple things that I chose to take great pleasure in that made the day so wonderful. Little things like the lack of a paper being due in a class, or hearing a certain song, or having breakfast for dinner. I think that every day of our life is exciting. IF we choose for it to be. We have become so content with letting every day be the same old routine as we prepare for The Big Moment. But life is here and now.

John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” Life is happening. And I plan on embracing it. I don’t want to take the little things for granted.

Lord, grant that the little things might be of great importance. After all, You gave me those, too.


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