I would say, in life, there are moments that define us, change us, and it’s up to us if these defining changes will impact us for better or for worse. I can pinpoint several of these moments in my lifetime.
One thing that I have reflected on lately is that in these times, these defining moments characterized by change, I believe that in each moment there has been a transition. A point in time where a decision had to be made. One of the most pivotal decisions was when Jesus went from someone I knew of, to someone I knew personally.
You know how relationships are forged and strengthened through adversity, those challenging times? For instance, I made lifelong friendships with the men and women with whom I served overseas in OEF. Honestly, they’re like my brothers, my sisters. Distance may separate us, still, those whom I fought alongside, are a message away, a zoom call, video chat away – anytime, any place. And same goes for any one of them. We went from strangers, to brothers, sisters in a relatively short period of time.
God is like that for us. It takes a short whole for Him to transition from someone we heard of to our best friend, Father, Brothers – someone with whom we have an intimate relationship. Proverbs 18:24 tells us that He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother.
See, I don’t want to live off of the God that someone else knows. I don’t want to live off of the experiences that someone else has with God. I want to know Jesus for myself. I want to experience His love and life changing power for myself.
I’ve been going through some things lately. I’m in the midst of my own little health scare as you read this. And you know what? There’s nothing too little or too big for God. I don’t know what tomorrow will hold, but I know who holds tomorrow. I know that our God is a Healer. The blood that Jesus shed on Calvary was not only for my sins and iniquities, but also for my infirmities. …With His stripes I am healed…
As I face this moment in my life that I see as yet another defining moment, as I change, I will lean towards growth in Christ. I will allow Him to complete a work in me. Nothing happens by mistake nor by chance. Not my will, but His will be done in earth as it is in heaven…
*Original Image by Yours Truly