Sunday, September 30, 2012

Someone Else's Story as My Defining Moment

Have you ever experienced a moment?

A defining moment?

You know, getting the first “A” grade back on a paper. Or, the phone ringing when you know it’s the person you have a crush on calling. Perhaps, a moment might be when you’re actively listen to someone speak and earnestly believe you were absolutely meant to be the one listening?

I’m not going to lie, this weekend my joy was dimmed a bit, my mind and thoughts were in overdrive, and I was really ready to get back in the driver’s seat of life when I had a moment.

I’m talking a mountain trembling, rain falling, earth shaking kind of moment. There’s no way I’d ever experience it if I wasn’t where I was and the people there weren’t there. There is no doubt in my mind that the slow fade away from faith would’ve started, or at least, settled in by now, but a moment grabbed me back. 

I listened to someone speak tonight, and I won’t share what he said, because it was confidential and his personal story, but it profoundly affected me and woke me from my possible soon-to-slumber. 

“Awake, O Sleeper!” says Ephesians 5:14. 

I know this to be true: God puts people in our lives for reasons we don’t understand or even need to know yet, but He put them there. Deal with it.

A Defining Moment, as Simple as a Sunset

Sometimes, they’re there for a moment, or a season, or for our entire lives consistently or not. Either way, it’s these particular people we notice and recognize how their presence in our lives shakes us, or trembles, or calls us into action and we are never the same again. That's many moments, many of them defining, some of them redefining, and it's all the work of Jesus in disguise!

Isaiah 64:1-3 (NIV)
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!
As when fire sets twigs ablaze and
causes water to boil, come down
to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you!
For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
you came down and the mountains trembled before you!

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