There are certain moments in life that define us….
Some situations, some incidents, some actions, some words that when they happen we just KNOW are pivotal in our lives. For some this may be that moment when eyes lock together and the heart sings….for some it is the birth and the first cry, or first words….and still for others it is the departure, and the loss.
I myself had one of those moments I call a “Shakkabucca”…the swift spiritual ‘kick to the head’ that alters a person forever.
When these moments happen we have to RECOGNIZE them…know their meaning. For me it was the death of a person whom I only knew A LITTLE, yet the amount of that person’s life when it ended struck a chord in me that resonated so LOUDLY in my being that I changed from the man I once was into the man I am today.
See friends, it is these types of moments that can make or break a person. How we handle these “Divine Intervention” moments determines if we are going to follow the path The Divine sets out for us, or strike out on our own and ignore them. Case and point: Had I not been so overwhelmed by the loss of this almost complete stranger I may have continued as I had been…happily being the person I was, what I was doing…instead I recognized the clarion bell warning that was being given to me and I became what you see before you.
A person of worth is not easily known by the world….just because their face does not appear on an advert….or in a movie…or in a sports program….just because they are not rich, or powerful, does NOT mean that they cannot be used to change the world.
Now, some may say “how did that one person change the world?”…he did not change the ENTIRE world…he changed MY WORLD…and I in turn by heeding that Divine Intervention have helped in my small way to change HUNDREDS of worlds.
This is what I mean by defining moments.
When I die the world will still revolve…people will still pay their taxes…traffic signals will not stop working….flags will not be lowered to half mast…and no one will build a monument to my simple person.
HOWEVER…those who know me, those I have helped, those who understand what I am, what I do, and WHY (the most important reason of all!) I did what I did.
I will never appear on a lunch box…but I will appear in The Book my Master holds…
This is why when these moments that define us should be noticed…be HEEDED…because it is what is in THAT BOOK that should make each and every one of us sit up and take notice.
Will it be a love story?
A HORROR story?
A Life changing biography?
THAT IS UP TO YOU!
Yup. What you do today RESONATES in Heaven. EVERY detail, EVERY word, EVERY ACTION is carefully recorded in Heaven…
“And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” -Matthew 10:30
It is THIS that, in the end, is read and judged by God.
“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” -Psalm 139:16
These defining moments are guideposts…signs from God…telling us, in no uncertain words, that THIS is the path He has laid out for you…HIS PURPOSE…what HE wants you to do.
He tells us what He wants of us…yes…LOUDLY He screams at us
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” -John 13:34
Why should we love one another? BECAUSE WE ARE ALL CONNECTED…we are ALL OF US part of one another.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” -1 Corinthians 12:12
When God points His finger into our lives He may decide to ‘Stir things up a bit’…it may not be what we want, or what we THINK we need, but it is without a doubt what HE wants from us.
Yes, sometimes He takes away from us…sometimes He gives to us…but it is for a REASON…to make us BETTER.
Now, many people will say how bad their lives have been, how unfortunate things have happened to them…how sorrowful their lives are….but if they took the time to look they would see God is MOLDING them…shaping their lives to teach them.
“But how can it be He allows some to fail and some to flourish?” you ask me…and to this I reply:
“that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” -Matthew 5:45
He is trying to make YOU become aware of YOUR potential…you cannot judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, so STOP COMPARING what happens to YOU with other’s lives. The lesson in YOUR life is FOR YOU ALONE. If you do not heed His message, do not follow His path..if you say “I cannot” or “I will not” then YOU pay the price of it all…not the other person.
This is why when something happens to me I do not whine, or complain, or wallow in self pity…I merely say “This is God’s Will…what can I learn from this?” be it for good, or for bad, it is ALL HIS WILL FOR ME.
Sure, I am poor…I do not own a car…have no bank account..but I have made sure that what I do here on this planet stores up for me riches in Heaven. Those I help will tell you of “Miracles” they have had happen in their lives..or how they got through it all “Thanks to you, Friar”…but I shrug and say “I do but serve” because it was GOD’S WILL that I should become what I am…and it is HIS WILL that made them seek Him out through what simple office I am entrusted.
Everyone says I should acknowledge their gratitude…that if not for me (somehow) helping them that they would not have been able to get through it….blah-blah-blah…HOGWASH!
They got through it because they, in their desperate hour, TURNED TO GOD, and HE sent them to ME to help…
I am not a prophet, nor a priest, nor a wiseman, nor a sage….I am JUST A TOOL used by God to show them that there IS a way out of their problem…that if they trusted HIS Will instead of their own judgement from the start they would NOT have gotten themselves into the situation.
Here is how it works..I lean on “The Rock that is higher than I” (ref Psalm 61:2) ..they lean on ME…and together we hobble along helping one another out in life.
How is it that I, the least of these, can bear all their pain? Bear all their sorrow? Aid them in whatever life problem they have?
“Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord–for we walk by faith, not by sight-” -2 Corinthians 5:7
Yes, when tragedy strikes ME, when sorrows hit ME, when difficulties arise in MY life I simply see it as a signpost from God saying (in no uncertain words) “This is done for a REASON, PAY ATTENTION!” and I let it wash over me and change how I see, how I do, and what I need to do to make it so…
It is easy, once you try, to just ALLOW His Will to follow EVERY footstep you take during the day.
I am not saying you need to walk around mumbling prayers, singing Psalms, or chanting…I am saying you need to OPEN YOUR EYES and RECOGNIZE when His Finger is touching YOUR LIFE.
By doing this the problems do not seem so insurmountable…the pain does not hit so keenly…the release of the insecurity is LIBERATING….
Try it some time….give it a whirl…
The next time something happens you cannot control simply sigh and say “It is by the Will of God”….and you will be surprised how much that little defining moment can change your life…
Peace be with you this day, and in all the days that follow…