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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Discovering Meaning in the Meaningless Moments

Have you ever had a meaningless moment? Like a time when all of the busy rushing of life briefly stops & you ask yourself, “What am I doing? Why am I so exhausted? Is my life making an impact anywhere?”

I had one of those recently. I did purposeful things, but they didn’t fill me with purpose.  By mid day, I was so spent by the spinning thoughts that I decided to take a brief nap with the hopes that rest would bring a reset to my mindset.😊

David recorded one of those days in Psalm 39. He writes, “We are merely moving shadows & all of our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.”

What I love about his lament, however, is that instead of letting it lead to a nap, he uses the meaningless moment to bring meaning.

He holds his tongue -choosing  silence over negativity, but the turmoil within grew so great that a fire of words ignite & he cries,

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”

Wow…what a visual, right?

“Each of us is but a breath…”

He let the hopelessness of a meaningless moment affirm that our time on earth IS fleeting! Time IS passing quickly, “So where do I put my hope?” he asks?

“My only hope is in You.”

Y’all we are not promised tomorrow and there will be days that may feel meaningless.

What if the next time we have one of those downtime moments we remember to let it become a reminder? A reminder of where our Hope lies. 👈🏽The capital letter is intentional because Hope is not a feeling, it’s the very personhood of Jesus Christ.

He is our Living Hope.

Our days are but a breath AND we have Emmanuel, God with us Who is ready & waiting to be our Lord Who leads The Way.

And sometimes His Way passes through a meaningless moment to remind us of the great meaning gained under His Lordship!

Father, help us to make the most of our days on earth AND thank you for the quiet moments of seeming nothingness that remind us of our great need of You! May we ever keep eyes fixed on our Living Hope!


MARK 6:1-29

PSALM 39:1-13


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