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Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:31

Donít Miss the Moments

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Isaiah 41:10:“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 

How often do you get fixed on a desired outcome and miss the moments along the way?  We can all have goals, in fact they’re encouraged, but when we put our entire focus on how things end, we can miss God’s powerful presence in the every day. 

A young mom, Rebecca, recently shared her testimony with me, revealing God’s amazing strength in the midst of terrible circumstances.  She shared how someone she knew and trusted held her hostage, armed with a knife and a bomb.  This man told Rebecca, “When I get through with you, you will no longer believe in God, I plan to take all of your hope away.”  Rebecca said as this terrifying time began to unfold, she prayed to God, “What do I do, Dear Lord? Do I fight, do I try to run away, what do I do?”  She said she clearly heard God say to her, “I’m not promising to get you out, but I do promise I’ll be with you every moment.”  That answer provided  peace in the midst of pain.  Rebecca said suddenly the Bible stories she had read became real—it was as if she had been thrown into a fiery furnace, just like  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and like them, she was never alone.

 

Rebecca managed to run away after being held six hours and now she shares her testimony, saying no matter how hard things get for you, or how hard it is to see an outcome, you can always trust God is with you along the way.  The suspect in her case had threatened to kill her if someone even knocked on the door.  She later learned that her neighbors who often checked on her, got distracted when they were headed her way to see if all was okay.  And her Mom, instead of bringing Rebecca’s son to the door, decided not to bother her daughter, thinking she had stayed home sick and must have been napping.

 

At the time of this terrible ordeal, Rebecca was leading a small group in a female prison.  She said the inmates often told her, “I’m on drugs because of all I’ve gone through; you just don’t get it.”  Shortly before this hostage situation, Rebecca had gone through a tough divorce and her best friend had died.  She said she took all of these difficulties to the inmates and said, “Listen to all I’ve been through and I’m not on drugs, because I have Jesus—He renews, restores and redeems!”  She says her difficulties and her resolve to stay connected to Jesus suddenly got the inmates’ attention.

 

 

Psalm 107:1-2: “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!  His faithful love endures forever.  Has the LORD redeemed you?  Then speak out!  Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.” 

 

 

A chance encounter I had recently with a stranger during “airline travel gone awry” proved once again the peace and power provided in focusing on the moments rather than the outcome.  When bad weather suddenly canceled all flights out of Montgomery, I found myself in a car with three strangers as we made our way to Birmingham in a rental car, determined to catch flights to our various destinations.  As I began talking with Tabitha, who was clearly pregnant, I learned her husband had two children from previous marriages, and in both births, the moms died from a rare complication caused by a protein in the Dad’s blood.  Now, even though they thought they had done everything to prevent a pregnancy, she found herself six months pregnant, due this July.  She said her husband told her he was so sorry when they learned they were pregnant, and in tears he asked her what they should do.  She told him, “We will love this baby and all that comes with being pregnant, and we will thank God for this time.”  With tears in her eyes she said, “I know I may die, but I’m trusting God is with us.”  This woman was returning from serving our country in Afghanistan and had the most joyful, encouraging spirit.  It is quite obvious her focus is on the moment, that she’s being strengthened and held up by “His righteous right hand.”

 

So the next time you fret over how it will all end… whether it’s a major project at work; a tryout for your child; a difficult illness or a test in your marriage—take a step back and get refocused on the moment.  He never leaves you, He will not forsake you and His moments are pretty powerful.  Trust the outcome is in His hands and don’t miss the moments.

 

Dear God,  Thank you for every moment and for always being there.  Please forgive us for often jumping ahead and losing sight of today.  We know you are Immanuel, “God with us”,  so open our eyes to see you and trust these moments lead to the outcome that’s already in your hands.  In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

 

 

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