Have you ever been sitting at church and realized that the message that you were hearing was tailor-made just for you? That God somehow orchestrated the events of the entire day (and your lifetime!) to ensure that you were at this precise place, at this exact time in your life, so that you could hear this particular message? Sometimes, that’s how the Holy Spirit works (at least with me, anyway) – a sermon can be delivered to thousands of people, yet feel like it was labeled Special Delivery from the Lord just for me, and hand-delivered to my door by a spiritual courier called a “pastor”.
So anyway, that’s how I felt at church this evening. You see, we had a guest speaker giving the message, and within the first few minutes, I realized that the Lord was telling me something: Daily, this message is for you. No ifs, ands, or buts about it! Listen up and take notes (I usually do this anyway, but decided to pay extra careful attention to the sermon after that prompting). It was a great message on several different levels, and I know that the Lord used it to bless many people in our congregation this evening.
After church, while I was driving home, the following verse from Proverbs 25 came to mind:
What happened to me tonight was an “apples of gold” (hereafter referred to as “AOG”) moment for sure: words of wisdom and discernment spoken to me – albeit indirectly – at just the right time.
I can’t tell you how exhilarating it was to recognize my AOG moment. I had been waiting for resolution on a painful situation from my past, and wondered why God had been pretty quiet on the matter. I understand now that He had to take me through some things – to grow me in some areas, heal me in others, and generally work to prepare my heart and mind to receive the message from this evening. After all, had I heard it any earlier than today, I don’t know that I would have rightly discerned what the Lord was trying to say.
I get it now. When you have your own AOG moment, what was previously unclear suddenly becomes crystal clear – sort of like going from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) on your television. Once you’ve experienced the world of HD, there really is no going back to the unfocused spiritual SD life.
So today, I am grateful that God finally gave me my AOG moment. It’s been a long time coming, and I am glad the Lord allowed me to recognize it when it finally arrived.
My prayer today is exceedingly simple:
Dear Lord, thank You for giving me this precious AOG moment today. All I can say by way of reply is this: I’ve heard You, loud and clear. I’ve received Your message, and – to the best of my knowledge at this time – have understood what I believe You were communicating. I receive it and can now set the matter aside, fully confident that I have gained clarity regarding Your about this situation, and can now fully move on from it.
Closure is important to me – thank You for giving it to me in such a clear and unmistakable way. In Your name I pray, Amen.