March 27, 2012

March 27: God moments

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By Saralyn Murray, a junior American sign language major from Orrville, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 50:4-9 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

What does it take to “awaken” me? I need to be awakened not just in the morning, but periodically throughout my day. I need “God moments”: a sunrise, a new blanket of snow, a dark night sky or a large, orange moon.

Several weekends ago, I had the privilege to interpret for a large group of elementary students. As the weekend wore on, I experienced a “God moment.” At one point in the concert, a group of the students’ fathers came up on stage to sing with them. It was a true awakening, the mix of young children’s voices with the more mature voices of the fathers was very powerful. “In the rifted rock I’m resting, safely sheltered I abide, there no foes nor storms molest me while within the cleft I hide.”

I am amazed how easily distracted I can become and completely miss the signs around me of our King’s return. But, when our attention is drawn to a “God moment,” everything is brought into perspective.

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 50:4-9 (NRSV)
4 The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens — wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5 The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. 7 The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 9 It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.

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Comments (13)

  1. Thank you Saralyn. I am not a young adult nor a young Christian. Yet, I have to be reminded sometimes of the powerful value of awakening with God “morning by morning” and awakening my ear to ‘listening’ and loving. I typically look for God moments as you mention, but at the beginning of this new year, having been introduced to the book “one thousand gifts’ whose author is Ann Voskamp, I began my journal of the same. I had to be intentionally on the lookout for a gift for which to show gratitude, but by February, my heat and soul, my ears and eyes had become keenly aware of God gifts, and now I probably jot down and give thanks at least a dozen times a day. Although He was gifting me every day many times over, and I thought I was walking in His presence, I was not recognizing His great gifting and thus not expressing my gratitude to Him which – of course – is a missed opportunity for conversation together. Bless you as continue to seek out “God moments”. They are in front, in back, around, before, above and below you. Pray God will awaken your ears, eyes, heart and soul so that you might become more present to His presence. Again, thank you for your expression of devotion.

    Marilyn Kamp March 27, 2012 |
  2. Thanks for the reminder of how present God is and wants to be in our lives. We are so privileged to receive his gifts.

    Ruth March 27, 2012 |
  3. This meditation reminded me that despite my current troubles I can count on God to be with me. As we approach the trial of our dear Savior let us be reminded that he knows our sorrow and by the power of the Holy Spirit he heals our wounds.

    Dennis March 27, 2012 |
  4. Thanks, Saralyn, for you pertinent reminder. Have you had the opportunity to gaze at the skies on a clear night and see Venus and Jupiter? Seeing your name, Saralyn, and your being from Orrville, I am wondering if you are the granddaughter of my earlier GC roommate.

    Wilma Shank March 27, 2012 |
  5. Thank You for the morning”s thoughts of our Savior’care and love… It is so comforting to know that the Savior is watching over His children from generation to generation….I guess you could be a grandaughter to a schoolmate back in 1928….. named Adin….. Praise His Holy Name…..

    Mary Helen March 27, 2012 |
  6. I smile at the times, during worship, when our prayers often ask God to be with us as we gather together. Silly us – God is ALWAYS with us, and our prayers need to be that we will be wise enough to stop, look, listen, and remember that God is always nearer than our next breath.

    Deb B March 27, 2012 |
  7. Thanks for your inspiration today, Saralyn! Great to hear from you!

    Joyce March 27, 2012 |
  8. Thanks, Saralyn, for sharing and reminding me of God’s presence and goodness.

    Jane, Kidron March 27, 2012 |
  9. Thanks, Saralyn, for reminding me to look for special “God Moments” while digging in my garden today.

    Mary K. March 27, 2012 |
  10. thank you for your inspiration. You are a gifted writer and thinker! God Bless your ministry.

    Josephine March 27, 2012 |
  11. This just “woke me up” today…..to clarity and hope in the Living God!! The words of the meditation and the great Scripture which I don’t recall reading before(?) are
    thoughtful and direct me to appreciate my senses!! These wonderful God-given senses are such integral means to worship today and everyday. Thank you.

    Joy March 27, 2012 |
  12. Thank you very much for sharing your devotional. What an inspiring moment and moments you must have had at the concert. Glad that you are in a major for Sign Language. Barbara Longenecker

    Charles Longenecker March 27, 2012 |
  13. oeAs one of the fathers singing with the children that day, your words tell me there are God moments we miss not only in observation, but participation. Thank you for reminding me to watch for both.

    Tony March 29, 2012 |