Some days go by smoothly, without incident, others not so much. When those “not so much” days happen, it can make you feel a little helpless. A few months ago after one such moment I got in the car and drove to the store just to be by myself to cry where no one could see or hear me. As the tears ran down my cheeks I flipped on the Voices of Lee and listened to them sing, “There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord”, which only made my tears flow faster. I said, “God, I am broken, I need help.” He spoke to my heart, “Everyone is broken in one way or another, and you only see your own chips and cracks. Your favorite coffee mug has a bad chip in it yet you continue to use it every day. Quit feeling sorry for yourself!” As I pondered that thought, the Voices of Lee began to sing “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross on which the Prince of Glory died, My richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride.”
Oh thank you God for speaking to me. I bound up my hurt feelings, bought some Advil and came back home, BUT I had an AHA moment! I’m not talking about suddenly realizing that Smart Balance taste as good as butter, even if it doesn’t cook as well, or the Chick Fil A sandwich is better than the Martin’s, or you’d rather actually rather drive the Van than a sports car, I am talking about real life changing AHA moments here.
Adam and Eve had one in the Garden when, after eating the fruit, they heard God, out for His evening stroll, calling them. They realized they were naked and tried to cover themselves. This changed life for them, AND us.
Look at Isaac: Genesis 27:33 Isaac started to tremble, shaking violently. He said, “Then who hunted game and brought it to me? I finished the meal just now, before you walked in. And I blessed him—he’s blessed for good!” He had blessed the wrong son and now could do nothing to change it, too late.
Samson’s moment: Judges 16:20-21 Then she said, “The Philistines are on you, Samson!” He woke up, thinking, “I’ll go out, like always, and shake free.” He didn’t realize that God had abandoned him! The Philistines grabbed him, gouged out his eyes, and took him down to Gaza.
David’s moment: 2 Samuel 12:11-13 This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you…Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.
Judas betrayed Jesus, and when he had his Aha moment he couldn’t bear his sin, he was so grieved and ashamed that he hanged himself.
What about the Apostle Peter? He denied Jesus three times, but the Lord knew his heart and asks him; John 21:17-19 “Do you love me?” so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. I’m telling you the very truth now: When you were young you dressed yourself and went wherever you wished, but when you get old you’ll have to stretch out your hands while someone else dresses you and takes you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And then he commanded, “Follow me.”
I have had Aha moments that shook me down to my repentant knees, and others that caused me to end relationships. It’s like being in a completely dark room with your hands outstretched trying to find the wall or a piece of furniture that you can recognize when suddenly the light turns on! Even if the light then goes out the image of what you have seen in the room is burned in your mind and you can find your way out.
God gives us these revelations so that we can make changes, positive changes, in our lives. Heed these Aha moments; know that God helps us if we only ask!
Psalms 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
May you have peace and productive AHA moments yourself!