Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

“Aha” Moments…

     The Apostle Paul makes a wonderful prayer request in Ephesians, chapter one, verse eighteen. He asks God to so gift those Christians that the “eyes of their hearts might be enlightened. There’s a difference between knowing and knowing, if you “know” what I mean. I knew what fatherhood was before I became one. It was a matter of falling in love with that special girl, getting married and then planning for children. I read the Bible and other books on the subject. I thought about being ready spiritually, financially, and emotionally. I prayed. I knew about fatherhood. I was ready. (Yeah, right!)

     Then came the day they placed our firstborn son in my arms. It was an “aha” moment I will never forget. My son was in my arms, and my confidence was out the window. I was overwhelmed by a feeling I can’t describe to this day. Life changed forever. I thought I knew what it meant to be a father. And I did, on a certain level. But actually, I knew almost nothing until that moment. I have never been the same since. That “aha” moment has led to countless others. God has never ceased teaching, inspiring, and blessing me through my three children…and now through their three wonderful marriage partners…and now, also, through my two beautiful granddaughters (not to mention the two grandchildren on the way this year).

     Before my children came, I knew that God wouldn’t quit on me. After my children came, I knew that He couldn’t quit on me…just as I could never quit on my own children. God multiplied my conception of love by giving me children. How often I would gladly think, “Aha, God, so You love me that much. I get it now. And thank You…thank You so much!”

     I was just now wondering…if you can stay for a while…would you tell me about one of your “Aha” moments? It’s okay if it has to do with your precious children. I will love reading about them or about whatever it is you share.

     By the way…did you know that you are God’s beloved? It’s true…it’s really true! I love you too. God richly bless you and Jesus give you peace in your believing.
   

 

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4 thoughts on ““Aha” Moments…

  1. Uncle John on said:

    So, what you’re saying is that “truth” can be known and “known.” That our experiences in life have a way of revealing more than just the academic information and facts…aha!
    I’ve had several of those “aha” moments – particularly when it comes to the lives of my children. Funny how you reexamine what you thought was true, until life suggested, no, demanded you look harder and deeper.
    I love you brother…

    YES, PREACHER BOY, I’M WITH YOU…TRUTH CAN BE KNOWN AND “KNOWN” AND STILL KNOWN FURTHER. GOD HAS US ON THIS WONDERFUL FAITH JOURNEY THAT JUST KEEPS SURPRISING US WITH JOY. I WAS SITTING AT MY LITTLE DESK AT HOME SUNDAY AFTERNOON STUDYING A SECTION OF MARK’S GOSPEL (WHICH WE ARE PRESENTLY WORKING ON IN OUR SUNDAY NITE MEETINGS)…AND I WAS JUST SO IMPRESSED WITH IT ALL THAT I EXCLAIMED, “GOD, YOUR BOOK IS GREAT!” I HAVE BELIEVED THIS FROM MY YOUTH, AND I’M SO GLAD THAT I STILL DO. AND I DEEPLY HOPE TO STILL BE PURSUING HIS AMAZING, SURPRISING, INSPIRING TRUTH UNTIL I GET TO GO HOME. ONLY THEN WILL I FULLY KNOW, EVEN AS I WAS ALWAYS KNOWN BY HIM. IT’S JUST AWESOME, ISN’T IT? HE IS AWESOME.

  2. I was in Portugal and had grabbed a book off the church library shelf. I believe it was called “The God of the Towel.” I don’t remember anything about the book except this one thought … “God’s love is not if … or because … it’s always.” It took a little while for that to sink in.

    The book explained that it is impossible to understand God’s unconditional love because we can’t love like that. We can’t ever do it … so we can’t really grasp it’s magnitude.

    In finding out that I couldn’t “know” it … I suddenly “knew” it.

    I do not have children and so I don’t know that I’ll ever really understand that level of unconditional love that parents understand.

    I have loved a dog with all my heart. She was there through the most dificult times in my life and I might not have stuck around if it weren’t for her. Unconditional love? I’d believe so … but unless the conditions are pushed how can I know?

    I have experienced friendship that is so deep and close that I believe I have loved with the deepest love I can muster … but it still can’t compare to how God loves me. So is it unconditional … again, unless it’s tested can I really know?

    God loves me always … not if I do this or because I do that … thankfully I don’t have to understand it to know it.

    PAIGE, I WAS INTRIGUED BY YOUR MENTION OF THE BOOK, “GOD OF THE TOWEL.” THAT WAS WRITTEN BY JIM MCGUIGGAN OF NORTHERN, IRELAND. HE TAUGHT REX AND ME WHEN WE WERE STUDENTS IN SSOP IN LUBBOCK. HIS WEBSITE WILL BLESS YOUR HEART…HERE IS THE ADDRESS…
    http://WWW.JIMMCGUIGGAN.COM (ACTUALLY ALL SMALL LETTERS). JIM WAS THE FIRST TEACHER WHO GOT THROUGH TO MY HEART ABOUT THE GRACE OF GOD. HE IS ALSO ONE OF THE FINEST BIBLE STUDENTS I HAVE EVER KNOWN PERSONALLY.
    AND, I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU…”God loves me always … not if I do this or because I do that … thankfully I don’t have to understand it to know it.” YOU ARE RIGHT AND RIGHT ON! YOU REFERRED TO THAT SPECIAL PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP AND HOW WE PARENTS FIND SUCH A POWERFUL LESSON IN THAT TO HELP US UNDERSTAND GOD’S LOVE FOR US. I HAVE PROBABLY SHARED THIS BEFORE, BUT AN AUTHOR NAMED DONALD MILLER (WHO IS ALSO VERY WORTH READING) SUGGESTED THAT THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP MAY GO FURTHER THAN ANY OTHER IN ILLUSTRATING AND COMMUNICATING GOD’S LOVE TO US FOR THIS REASON…ISN’T IT TRUE THAT ALL OF THE OTHER RELATIONSHIPS OF OUR LIVES INVOLVE A CHOICE ON OUR PART MADE BECAUSE OF SOMETHING WE OBSERVED AND APPRECIATED IN THE OTHER OR SOMETHING THAT DREW US TO THEM? IN THE CASE OF SWEETHEARTS, IT’S OBVIOUS THAT THEY FIND IN ONE ANOTHER THAT WHICH ATTRACTS THEM, AT LEAST AT FIRST. AND, EVEN IN OUR FRIENDSHIPS, WE LOOK FOR THAT COMMONALITY THAT ENABLES US TO RELATE AND BUILD UPON. BUT WHEN GOD GIVES A COUPLE A CHILD…THEY GET WHAT THEY GET. THEY DIDN’T CHOOSE HIS/HER ATTRIBUTES. THEY SIMPLY SET THEIR AFFECTIONS…THEIR HEARTS…THEIR VERY LIVES ON THE CHILD BECAUSE IT’S THEIRS…AND NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING THE CHILD BRINGS TO THE TABLE. DOES THAT MAKE A LITTLE BIT OF SENSE?
    I DON’T THINK EVERYONE HAS TO HAVE A CHILD IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO OFFER THIS KIND OF LOVE. I THINK WE CAN CERTAINLY LEARN IT FROM THE WAY OUR FATHER LOVES US…I GUESS THAT PARENTS, HOWEVER, HAVE THIS POWERFUL OBJECT LESSON PRESENTED TO THEM…AND, IF THEY PAY ATTENTION, MAY BE ADVANTAGED SOMEWHAT IN GETTING MORE QUICKLY TO THE UNDERSTANDING AND THE EMOTIONS OF IT ALL. IT’S FABULOUS…I KNOW THAT. AND IT’S SO GOOD WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE SHARE ABOUT THESE THINGS BECAUSE WE MAY BE BLESSED BY OTHERS EXPERIENCES IN THEIR FAITH JOURNEY IN SO MANY WAYS. I KNOW THAT YOU ARE VERY OBSERVANT OF GOD’S GOOD HAND UPON YOUR LIFE AND THE WAY YOU SHARE YOUR INSIGHTS IS CERTAINLY A BLESSING TO THOSE OF US WHO GET TO READ YOUR WRITING. GOD BLESS YOU, PAIGE. KEEP SHARING YOUR “AHA” MOMENTS WITH US.

  3. My children did bring AHA moments to me. It was “So THIS is what love really is”. “This is why parents act the way they do” It gave me a little light into how God feels about me. Of course, I understand that more now than ever before in my life. I’m finally starting to get a grip on the fact that God DOES love me…I am precious to Him. I don’t completely “KNOW” that even though I know it. 🙂

    Another Aha lesson….I think when I was going through the roughest, darkest days I learned something about God. I confessed to God that I had absolutely nothing to offer, that I had no ability to handle the things that were happening…and it was then that I felt His presence and strength start to work in my life. I found inner strength to stand up to the enemy. I found the mental clarity to make decisions that had to be made. He led me through the steps I needed to take. He parted seas and moved mountains to make things happen and get me and my children to our safe new life. Aha! If I trust God..and not myself…He will lead me. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”…those verses became my motto.
    THAT’S A GREAT “AHA” MOMENT, SHERRY. DOESN’T IT SOMETIMES (MAYBE EVEN, OFTEN) LOOK LIKE GOD ASKS US TO DO JUST THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WE THINK WOULD BE BEST? REMEMBER CAPTAIN NAAMAN…THE SYRIAN MILITARY MAN WHO HAD LEPROSY? HE WAS JUST SURE IF HE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO BE BAPTIZED SEVEN TIMES IN A RIVER IN ORDER TO BE HEALED (AS GOD TOLD HIM THRU ELISHA) THAT THE RIVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN ONE LIKE THE ABANA OR PHARPER RIVERS IN HIS HOMELAND…CERTAINLY ANYWHERE EXCEPT THE PUNY, MUDDY, JORDAN RIVER! AS HE WAS LEAVING IN DISGUST WITH WOUNDED PRIDE, HIS SERVANT BEGGED HIM TO RECONSIDER. HE WAS WISE ENOUGH TO DO SO AND GAINED THE HEALING. IT’S SO TOUGH NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE HOW OUR TRIALS WORK FOR OUR GOOD. IT’S TOUGH TO BE PATIENT. IT’S TOUGH TO KEEP AT OUR POST. IT’S TOUGH TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OF OTHERS, INCLUDING THOSE THAT OUR ADVERSARY DIRECTS TO US. IT’S TOUGH TO KEEP OUR JOY…TO KEEP SERVING…WORSHIPPING…HELPING. IT’S TOUGH WHEN WE CAN’T FIGURE OUT THE TIME LIMIT ON OUR TROUBLE…”HOW LONG, O LORD?” IT’S TOUGH WHEN WE SEE OTHERS, WHO SEEM TO CARE LITTLE FOR GOD, NOT HAVING SUCH A HARD TIME OF IT AS WE ARE. BUT ALL THAT GOES INTO THE KIND OF “AHA” MOMENT YOU SHARED, IS STILL CERTAINLY WORTH IT IF WE COME OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE STILL TRUSTING OUR FATHER GOD.
    I’LL LOOK FOR YOU THERE WHEN THE DUST CLEARS. GOD BLESS YOU, SISTER.

  4. Rex Boyles on said:

    One of my favorite “AHA” moments came the first time I saw the good news of Jesus enlightened on a couple of teenagers’ faces (and hearts) while I was teaching them about Jesus beside a lake in Ohio. As He dawned on them – He dawned on me again. I shared in their joy – in their sense of wonder – in their delight … as if I was seeing Jesus for the first time. I look forward to that “AHA” happening again … on that last great day, when we see Him as He is!
    I LIKE THAT “AHA” MOMENT, FRIEND. WHAT GOD DID THRU YOU FOR SO MANY TEENAGERS IN OHIO AND FOR THEIR PARENTS AND, FOR THAT MATTER, FOR ALL OF THE CHURCH WHO WERE BLESSED BY YOUR SPIRIT, YOUR TEACHING, YOUR EXAMPLE…IT WAS SO RICH, SO GOOD. YOU REMINDED ME OF ANOTHER MAN (DID YOU EVER KNOW ASTOR HILL?) IN THAT SAME CHURCH WHO HAD BEEN A CHRISTIAN FOR MANY YEARS. I REMEMBER SHARING WITH HIM ABOUT THE NATURE OF GOD’S GRACE AND THE SECURITY WE SHOULD KNOW IN JESUS’ LOVE FOR US. A SMILE SPREAD ACROSS HIS FACE AS WE STUDIED. IT WAS ALMOST LIKE I COULD I COULD SEE THE UGLY BURDEN LIFT AND LEAVE HIM. I’LL NEVER FORGET THAT. HE HAS GONE TO BE WITH JESUS FOR THESE MANY YEARS NOW. IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE PRIVILEGE AND DELIGHT TO CARRY THE GOOD NEWS TO HIS HEART. YOU HAVE AN INFECTION…YOU ARE A GOOD NEWS CARRIER. I HOPE EVERYONE CATCHES IT. AND, AS I WROTE SOMEWHERE ELSE, YOU NOT ONLY CARRY THE GOOD NEWS, BUT, IN THE KINDNESS OF GOD, YOU HAVE BECOME GOOD NEWS FOR SO MANY. BLESSED BE HIS NAME AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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