One Minute

You never know how one minute can change your life.

As a child, my grandmother was the most important person in my life. She loved the Boston Bruins.P1070133 It was the funniest thing  to have an 89-year old woman call me to make sure I was watching the game because there was a big fight going on. The last letter I ever received from her, 23 years ago, was mostly about her Bruins.

This season Boston made it to the Stanley Cup finals. Last night they played game 6, with Chicago leading the series 3-2. They needed a win to stay alive. Boston came out strong and scored an early goal. One more for each side left the score Chicago 1, Boston 2 with less than minute and a half to play in the game. All they had to do was hold on for another minute to win.

Then, with only 1:16 left in the game, the Blackhawks scored. Tie game.

Well, at least Boston could hang on and send it into overtime.

Or not.

17 seconds later, Chicago scored again. They ran out the clock and won the game and the championship.

A little over a minute earlier, Boston was poised to win the game. But after those two goals in 17 seconds, they lost and their season came to an abrupt end.

You never know how one minute can change your life.

That phone call in the middle of the night. The test results from the doctor. The boss calling you into his office where the HR person is ready to file your termination paperwork.

One minute is not always bad, though. Good things can happen as well. An unexpected gift. A proposal on one knee. A new job offer. The baby arrives. The Holy Spirit takes up residence in your heart.

Whatever you face today, you are not alone. God already knows and has plans in place to deal with everything that will happen to you today. And there will not be one minute that He will be absent, sleeping, or caught off-guard.

So lean into Him, keep your eyes open, use the time wisely, and keep watch for that minute that will change your life.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Ps 90.12

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