Have you ever had one of those “Eye Opening” moments? Like for instance…you have read the same passage of scripture thousands of times, but all of a sudden it clicks. It becomes relevant. Well, I had one of those moments a few weeks ago.
I was standing in the x-ray dark room at work waiting on film to be developed and started singing, “The Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns. I have sung this song many times, however, at this moment it became relevant. My understanding of the words hit me like a brick and WOW!
At this point in my life I was going thru some circumstances that were telling me the opposite of what the word of God calls “the truth.”
The situation of our nation had me extremely concerned for myself, my loved ones, my church, my work and the world in general. Facebook was screaming at me with comments that were disturbing. The media reports were scary. Health care was looking shaky. Our President was being faced with allegations and political moves that would cause you to believe in foul play. This had my mind on overdrive and ready for the worse. Dreading what was to come and very apprehensive for my future.
Then, there was the situation of my health. The doctors were explaining how my heart was defective and I would have to change my lifestyle. The test was yelling at me that you should have died over a year ago. Specialist telling me to slow down, change jobs, can’t run, can’t exercise for long periods of time, can’t go out of the country. I felt like I had a time bomb in my chest called my heart and at any time it could go off. BOOM!!! This caused me to be semi-paralyzed because I was afraid of almost every kind of movement or emotion that would cause my heart to speed up.
And then, our finances were drained. Rick had been laid off four times last year. We had depleted our savings, sold things, borrowed from 410K (dumb right), and borrowed from family. Barely making it, as some would say. This has been one of the worse years of our married life financially and didn’t look like it was going to get better any time soon. Our check book was crying out to me no hope; our budget was telling us you are not going to make it this time. It was looking pretty grim.
And then there was the biggest situation. Ministry for Rick and I seemed over. We just couldn’t find anything that fit right since we retired from Pastoring. A huge void was in our lives. We tried several different avenues without fulfillment. People were telling us to rest. Past experiences were telling us not to try again. Past hurts were screeching out to us not to put ourselves thru this pain again…ever.
But, in that instance, when my eyes became “wide open” and that song sank in, I started meditating on what God says concerning these things that were causing me distress. I allowed the Word of God to speak truth to my situations. Hope was restored, fear was dismissed and joy came back to me.
Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Psalms 119:160 “The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.”
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
Since I have renewed my mind with the TRUTH of the word, my situations doesn’t seem as bleak. God holds our future, all of it. And He doesn’t want us to live in fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.
I now see a breakthrough. All these circumstances in my life are now roaring with HOPE.
You see, it doesn’t matter what is screaming at you or what is being screamed at you. God’s word can overpower those voices and He wants to bring you to the truth.
What about you? I would love to hear a time when you had an “eye opening experience.” Maybe your last one or your most relevant one. I welcome all comments and expressions.
Believe the voice of TRUTH.
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth!