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Watching the Clock…Missing the Moment

Ken and Jan Meropken and Jan Merop


We checked our watches again.  One more time we walked over to the arrival board.

Nothing had changed.  The flight of our son and daughter-in-law was on time, but there was still no sign of them.

We wondered why the flight number for the time and originating location didn’t match the one they’d given us.  As the minutes ticked by, we decided to stop checking the unchanging board and focus on the arriving passengers.

Finally, there they were!  We fell into each others’ arms for hugs and kisses.  All concerns evaporated as we claimed the moment promised when we had made our plans.

That’s a concept I keep learning over and over when it comes to God’s promises.

Abraham may have questioned God throughout the years about his promise of a son, but the Bible says in Romans 4: 20 & 21, NKJV, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”

When we are hanging onto a promise of God, we must be careful not to keep watching the clock.  The present moments are just as important in his plan as that special moment for which we are waiting.watching the clock

It’s easy to get distracted by the clock that we set for the fulfillment of our promise.  When it doesn’t match God’s, we become discouraged and question if we heard right.

When that happens, our hopes droop like a flower without water.

But, if we go back to His Word and soak up those promises that had originally offered hope, it’s like adding water to the droopy flowers.  Our spirits lift like the flower heads in full bloom of faith again.

Words of encouragement in Hebrews 10: 23 NKJV, say, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

The flight number we held in our hand didn’t match the board because a shuttle flight to the major airport changed the number.  We didn’t understand it at the time, but it made perfect sense later.

We can’t always figure out ‘mismatched’ expectations; but, we can be assured that God is faithful to his promises.

Our job is to release our hold on the clock and enjoy the present with anticipation of the future while being content to have him turn the hands of time.

So, don’t miss the moment.  Selah

The gift of time

Jan Merop

The pendulum swings silently

ticking away the minutes

that turn to hours…

that completes the day.

Twenty-four hours given to everyone.

Each holds the promise of the present…

with hope for the future.

Be present in His promises.

“For He has said, ‘I will never leave

you, nor forsake you.’”

Hebrews 13:5


After six years in the mountains of Avery County, Ken and Jan Merop are now living in the hilly Tennessee countryside of Cleveland, TN…just outside of Chattanooga.  Ken’s photos can be seen at

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