You know that moment when you watch something happen and you can’t do a thing about it, and time seems to slow down. I had one of these a few weeks ago. I was emptying the dishwasher, putting some plates away and as I lifted up the smaller plates in the cupboard to put the larger ones underneath, one of Kiri’s ‘special’ plates slid off the top and on to the floor and smashed! There was nothing I could do, how was I meant to catch it without dropping several other plates in the process.
Then there was the mad panic to keep Nathanael away from the sharp edges as he runs into the kitchen mocking my achievements — “ooooow, ooooow” and pointing at my shame (slight exaggeration), but he did come in to see what I had done. I then had to confess to Kiri that I chose to save the ‘boring’ white plates over her cream flowery edged ones. The Horror!
I overheard a bible study that Kiri was listening to when I came downstairs after putting Nathanael to bed and something popped out to me as I was getting a drink from the kitchen. I don’t know who it was or what the study was about, this wasn’t his main point but it stood out to me. The premise about a particular passage that was being discussed that when the Bible writes ‘suddenly’ – something amazing is about the happen.
After hearing this I had to do some further research into this subject. In the bible there are so many Suddenly Moments. Here are four examples… I found loads:
So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, securely tied, fell into the roaring flames. But suddenly, Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his advisers, “Didn’t we tie up three men and throw them into the furnace?” “Yes, Your Majesty, we certainly did,” they replied. “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!”
When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it.
Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.
This led me to think of all the suddenly moments that I have had in my life and in my family that changed the circumstance or the current course which I was on. Jesus is in the business of suddenly moments, being a follower of Jesus is not dull, or boring, or mediocre; there are times when it is difficult (all the time – we are called to be different) but the suddenly moments when Jesus moves in your life in an incredible way and changes your viewpoint. There is so much literature (books, even devotionals) out there about being in a bad places and focusing on Jesus. But what about the good days, in those days I need Jesus just as much as the ‘bad’ seasons of my life.
I hope this post encourages us as followers of Jesus to push on for a ‘suddenly moment’. To focus on Jesus to make a difference in whatever situation you are in.