My husband and I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to drive a boy home from school.  It was 8pm on a school night and he was getting ready to walk several miles home. His house was on our way and so we offered a ride.  A ten-minute ride where we chatted about his interests, school involvement, and who were some of the friends my daughter (also a freshmen) and he had in common.  He mentioned that he ran every morning before school and hoped to try out for the baseball team in the spring.  He was friendly, talkative, and seemed happy-go-lucky.  Before he left, he asked that we not drop him off at his house but at the corner and let him walk the rest of the way.  There was a moment in the car when my husband and I felt “there’s something’s not right about this” but we said nothing.  We dropped him off at the corner and watched him walk away.

Two weeks later Jamarcus, the boy in our car, committed suicide.  What difference could that car ride have made?  Probably nothing, the boy apparently had a history of depression and attempted suicide.  But was it a Divine appointment that we missed?  Was that “funny feeling” when he didn’t want taken all the way home the Spirit’s prompt?  I don’t know – but what I do know is my heart is saddened at the thought that I could have done more.  After all, I know the Hope and Joy Jamarcus desperately needed.

Our lives are hectic, our schedules are full, and we run from moment to moment busy with such good things – ministry focused things.  In the planning of the programs and running of the events it is easy to miss the moments that really matter – the eternal moments.  I pray your ears are tuned, your eyes are opened, and your hearts are sensitive because we have no idea the difference ten minutes can really make.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spiritof wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength. (Ephesians 1:17-19, NIV).