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Mark 8:17-21

17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”

“Twelve,” they replied.

20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”

They answered, “Seven.”

21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

You probably can remember when you saw something in person and up close for the very first time. Maybe it was a professional ball game or a trip to the ocean. Maybe it was your first time seeing an elephant at the zoo or some other animal you’d only ever seen on television or in a magazine. There are so many incredible things to do and see that we sometimes forget the value of those moments. What is it for you that makes a moment unforgettable?

IMG_16822Jane and I had the privilege this week of inviting a friend and her four-year old son to join us for a view days on an excursion to Panajachel, Guatemala. This lady lives with a large family near Antigua; they all work hard to support each other, but they rarely have opportunities to see other parts of the beautiful country in which they live. For the two of them there were lots of “seeing things for the first time.” They had never seen a large body of water, or a boat, or a squirrel. I could go on. When we made the initial invitation, our friend told us she could hardly refuse because she may never have the opportunity again. For her, these moments will be implanted firmly in her mind for a long time; plus we took lots of photos to help.

IMG_16333The disciples also had many “seeing things for the first time” experiences. Can you imagine? They were there to witness Jesus walking on the water; they saw him change water to wine. They watched as he broke a few fish and bread and fed more than 5000 people. They saw him heal multitudes of people. Yet they struggled to realize just who and how powerful Jesus really was! At times I think they missed the impact of the moment. Thankfully, years later, they could look back on these events and realize the value and importance of each one.

Today I would like to raise the mug and say, “Enjoy each moment. Plant them firmly in your mind and remember the goodness God has shown you!”

All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com