September 24, 2007 at 9:57 pm (Christian life) (, )

My wife and I watched the movie Premonition the other night. Though my wife hated it, the Lord spoke to me and helped me see a couple of insights. I’ll put them in question form. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, maybe you’ll benefit from answering these questions too.

If God were to do something in your life to really get your attention, would I: a) go on about my life and give no heed? b) go absolutely insane wondering why this was happening to me? or c) try to learn what it was the Lord wanted me to learn? I have answered all three at one point or another to all kinds of bitter or shocking providences in my life. The truth is, everything in my life is designed to teach me something, whether it’s a big something or a small something. And whatever that something is, part of my assignment is to figure out how it relates to God -who he is and what he has done.

What is most important to me? The things that are most important to me in this life must be nurtured. This is true about virtually everything in life, whether friends, family, Christ, or whatever (you fill in the blank). If I want to be the biggest Cubs fan in the world, I could nurture this desire and maybe even achieve that goal (like the Fields family who just had a son and named him Wrigley). But, this nurture would be taking the place of my opportunity to nurture my faith in Christ or my relationship with my wife and daughters, etc.

What will it take to get my attention? I admit, I have been at times in my life when God had to shock me out of complacency and wake me up to reality with something drastic. Had I been in a time like this when I watched this movie, I hope the viewing would have woke me up (like when I watched the movie Phonebooth -not that I recommend it -too many F-bombs). But if I were in this character’s place, I hope I would think first to God’s purposes and not anything else (she does kind of come around to this, finally going to the priest for answers).

Am I ready to say with Job, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord”? Like the old hymn writer says, “What’e’er my God ordains is right, here will my stand be taken.” Lord, when I walk through that valley, may I find the grace to bless your name.


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