Wednesday: 13th March, 2019
Reference text: Jonah 3 :1-10
Jonah 3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
The people of Nineveh are remembered in scripture for their rapid response and turnaround when they heard the word of God as Jonah proclaimed. In the background to today’s text, the entire journey through the city was meant to last three days due to its sheer size. However, after a single day’s journey, we see an immediate response from the whole city – one day was all they needed.
How often have fans of ‘Got talent shows’ not heard contestants being told ‘this moment could change your life?’ And those words become true because for many, their auditions mark the start of something new in their life.
After reading today’s text, I wanted to push things a little further because in a day, Nineveh went from a city doomed and set for destruction; to one proclaiming a fast leading to salvation. In the Gospels, we also see the instance where in a matter of minutes, a woman went from constant hemorrhaging to being completely free of that ailment; and Jairus’ daughter going from dead to living in a moment.
So in one day, in one minute, in one second; in a single moment, what things are possible? Do we even give any importance to these snippets of time? I cannot speak for others, but I am sometimes guilty of taking time for granted because there seems to be a lot more of it to go around, but is there?
Beloved, if we have no respect for these snippets of time, we are certain to miss out on many good breaks and the chance to affect the lives of others. A kind word, a smile, an encouragement, a warning: these can be offered in a just moment. So today, do ponder on this question:
What importance do I give to snippets of time: a day, a minute, a second or a moment?