If you reflect upon your life, what stands above it all?
Through the eye of your mind, just what do you recall?
What makes a memory linger and rise above the rest?
Think of life’s most potent memories, especially the ones that are the best
Is there detailed information of all that happened on those days?
Exhaustive transcripts featuring every word that every person had to say?
What does the mind retrieve when you look back and just reflect?
What leaves the biggest impact and has the most profound effect?
SECONDS. Moments. Snapshots.
August 9th, 2006
I remember hitting bottom. What it felt like when I did.
The climax of unraveling for a proud, twenty year-old kid.
I remember all the burden. I remember all the shame.
But I remember those first seconds when Jesus took it off my frame.
I remember joy I hadn’t known. I remember when it clicked.
A lightness and a freedom that the old me couldn’t predict.
I remember those first seconds, how it finally felt like home
And I remember all the confidence that I would never be alone
May 29th, 2009
I remember how the time stood still, like she was walking for a mile.
I remember just the way she looked as she walked toward me down the aisle.
I remember during those vows that this was more than just emotion.
Like there was something supernatural within these seconds of devotion.
Every aspect of her smile. I remember all her tears.
I remember all at once knowing both ecstasy and fear.
I remember the conviction of being charged with such a task:
To love this bride as God does, and for her lifetime soon to ask
July 2nd, 2013
I remember pain I had never known and the time of disbelief
What it’s like to lose a pregnancy and all its corresponding grief
I remember all the hollowness, as if a part of us had died
Never knowing what I’m supposed to say every time she’d start to cry
But I remember just how close He stayed and how this overtook the pain
I remember knowing a peace inside that I simply can’t explain
I remember how I clung to Him, how He gave purpose to the harm
And I remember how He healed us, and wrapped us up inside His arms
July 22nd, 2014
I remember those first seconds when she was welcomed into life
And meeting the returning eyes of pure wonder from my wife
I recall my daughter’s very first cry and how it overwhelmed my heart
When all composure that I’d ever known, in a second, came apart
I remember when I held her, and again, lost all control
What it felt like when I stared down at this eternal, precious soul
I remember being overwhelmed, the first night we brought her home
And those seconds when God answered, “Here I am; you’re not alone”
These are the seconds that define me, the moments that don’t die
A reminder simple science will never satisfy the “Why?”
They tell me we are woven with so much more than we can see
They are a peek beyond this lifetime, a glimpse into eternity
In these seconds that I felt something that explanations can’t explore
I see a thalamus and a hippocampus, and I raise you something More
Yes, I marvel and appreciate the studied limbic system
But I marvel more at the unseen seeds of an eternal intrinsic system
The lens through which we see this life often seems to have some tint
But often times He’ll clear our vision when He leaves these little hints
It’s these kind of seconds, the unexplainable kind
That tells me we are something that can be linked to the Divine
“In His presence there are pleasures and the fullness of all bliss” (Psalm 16:11)
I’m just we glad we get a sneak peek in these moments that He gifts
“He has interlaced eternity in the fabric of our hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
I’m just glad He gives these seconds in this life as a head start
by Luke Myers
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