Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hero in My Eyes

My husband is a very humble man. He will never share those moments in his life where he made a difference, but in all honesty he does it quite a bit. In fact it's one of the things that attracted me to him in the first place. Call it a heart of gold or a path way into his soul, but that is exactly what I saw and continue to see in him every single day.

See he knows all about unconditional love. The kind of love that the Bible speaks of, the kind that would never consider the risks of stepping out to help someone no matter the costs.

John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends"

I shared a mini post about this yesterday through my Facebook page because it dawned on me the importance of stepping up and stepping out as believers in Christ. In fact the message was so powerful it carried its way through the entire evening where the Holy Spirit was moving in a big way in my heart. One word Hero.

To give you the back story of what happened yesterday began as a day like the others, nothing out of the ordinary. The phone call from my husband telling me he was finally on his way home after a long day at work. A call to let me know that the clock was ticking and within an hour or so, he should be pulling up in our driveway. But that was not the call I would get.

While we were talking about our decision to attend church last night due to our daughter's illness, he told me he had just witnessed a horrible accident and needed to hang up to call 911. I agreed and texted him that he needed to help and don't worry about being late. Because that is the man he is. He would help, no matter what was involved.

Apparently the man in the SUV had blown a tire while driving in the fast lane, lost control of his vehicle and proceeded to flip his car, a couple of times, ending up on the center divider. My husband along with two other drivers stopped to lend a hand. Two of those men just happened to be an EMT and the other a Paramedic who just happened to have his medical bag with him. Between all three they assessed the man's condition, before attempting to remove him from the vehicle. After being assured it was safe to remove him, they cut him from the vehicle and freed him just as the fire department and ambulance arrived. They transported him and called his wife to ensure her he was safe and being taken to a local hospital.

My husband called when he was leaving just to let me know he was finally headed home, a bit dirty and worse for wear but happy to be able to help and to see this man alive after that horrible accident. It could have gone so much worse.

Did God have any hand in what happened? I know He did.

My husband just happened to be three cars behind him when it happened. The other two drivers just happened to be medically trained, had supplies with them, and stopped to help, the fire truck and ambulance just happened to be heading back up the freeway after dealing with another incident. Some would call it luck, I call it God's Intervention. This man aside from some scratches, would be going home to his family, not being buried in a funeral. He would live another day. Does the message end here?

No, God still had plans in mind. In fact, my husband arrived home in enough time to shower and change so we could make it to church on time. While we were hoping it would be our typical Wednesday night Bible Study, turns out God had other plans. The service that night was a training session for the Harvest Crusade coming to Anaheim, CA in just a couple of weeks. The guest speaker that night was Chad Williams, who shared his amazing testimony of being a Navy SEAL and how God was using him. About how no matter how much Chad achieved in his life it was still empty because God wasn't in it. When he got to the proverbial top of the mountain, there was nothing there. Because God was missing.

In fact he gave his life to Christ at a Harvest Crusade and shared how much that made an impact in his life. In fact he wrote a book about it called SEAL of God. So what is the point of all this?

You have an appointed time in this life to be born and to die. What you do with that dash in between is all up to you. God doesn't barge into your life, He waits to be invited. Without Him, you will continue to climb that corporate ladder and find it lacking. In fact the only thing you'll find when you reach the top is people trying to knock you off. But nothing will fill that longing for happiness you're searching for like Jesus will. NOTHING!

No perfect job!

No perfect family or marriage!

No amount of financial success!

It's a longing in your heart and soul for something more than what this life has to offer. It's about what Christ did for you, taking all the sin in your life, the good, the bad and ugly and bearing that weight of every single sin that would ever be committed past, present and future that day He died on the cross, because He loved us that much, that we were worth dying for, rather than letting us live a life in utter hell.

Heaven and Hell, they are real places.

And one of these days, the math is simple, we will all wind up in one of those places.

I know for sure, where I will end up, do you?

If you haven't accepted Jesus Christ into your life, if you are simply waiting for another moment, if you aren't saying yes, then by default, you are saying no.

While that man today lived because of the efforts of God and the men who were willing to stop, he may not have been so lucky. Death can happen in the blink of an eye, and if you're waiting for the right moment, guess what, it is NOW!

You didn't wind up here by accident, God has a plan and purpose for you! He loves you with a love you will never find on this earth. He loves you enough that He wants you to spend an eternity with Him and the rest of the believers in Heaven when this life ends.

The people that wind up in Hell are there by their own choice. Like I said before, God doesn't barge in, He waits to be invited and let me tell you, that once you invite Him in, your life will never be the same again. You will be filled with the love of God and you will never need anything else in your life. The climb for meaning ends with satisfaction that you are loved unconditionally and saved like the masterpiece He created you to be.

Are you ready to accept God into your life?

It's super easy and if you mean it with your whole heart, you will never have to worry about where you will spend an eternity.

Simply say this outloud and don't worry what anyone else thinks. This is between you and God. Your life is literally on the line here. The one that matters. Your eternal life.

Lord Jesus,

I know I'm a sinner, but I thank You for dying on the cross for my sins and rising again from the dead.
I'm sorry for my sin, Lord, and I turn from it now, and I put my faith in You.

To be my Savior, my Lord, my God, and my Friend. Thank You, for loving me and calling me, and accepting me, In Jesus Name ~ AMEN!

Now if you prayed that prayer with a whole heart and sincere in your soul, let me be the first to welcome you to the family of Christ. YOU have been completely washed clean and your life begins again today. Here are a couple of things that will encourage you:

1. Get a Bible and begin reading about the Lord you are now serving and part of His family now. Not sure where to start, try the gospel of John. It's a great starting point.

2. Being praying. Don't worry about how it sounds, its simply like talking to a friend, but you now have heavenly access to speak directly to God. No need to go through anyone else and His calls never go to voicemail or aren't returned. He's waiting anytime you want to talk and NO ONE is more important than hearing from you.

3. Find a church, and get plugged in and join in the fellowship so you can be encouraged and grow in your relationship as a Christian.

4. Finally, tell others about your decision. It's worth sharing your new birth and you might be surprised at who you will meet that will welcome you with open arms into the family of Jesus.

Congratulations!!! You are now a member of God's Kingdom and you are Eternal!!!

1 comment:

David C Brown said...

How good every evidence of God being in control is. And he helps us to know it even in the dark days.