Have you ever had an “Aha!” second in Jesus? You know the kind when the light bulb goes off? I believe it is safe to assume that it is equivalent to Ben Franklin’s “eureka” moment upon discovering electricity…or maybe it can be compared to the joy George Washington Carver felt when he stumbled upon the many uses of a peanut…or maybe it is similar to the warm feeling we all had the instant we knew Barack Obama had been elected the first black President of the United States. Whatever you equate it to, we’ve all had that moment when happiness and excitement overwhelm our bodies! Just last week I experienced my personal “Aha!” courtesy of Jesus and it was almost mind boggling.
Last Friday I went to rent a car for a quick weekend get-a-way with my girls. As I thanked the representative for his work, I proceeded to place my items in the vehicle when I noticed that there was something on the passenger seat. Without ANY hesitation I yelled for the rep to come back and retrieve his belongings. It was then that I realized I was holding the CORPORATE credit card!! I had willingly offered up a GOLD MINE!! As I pulled away in my rental, my mind wandered to ALL the wonderful things that I would have bought if this had happened to me a few years back.
See, just a few years ago I wasn’t so advanced in my Christian walk. Only GOD knows what I would have done in my not-so-saved days!! “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of your sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.” (Galatians 5:16-17 NIV) My sinful nature wanted me to throw my purse over the unknown item, drive off, and reap ALL the benefits later…BUT because the Holy Spirit is manifesting from within, I did the right thing before I knew it. At first I was conflicted about my decision, but that is when the Lord stepped in and expressed how proud He was of me. At that very moment I was overwhelmed with the happiness and excitement I discussed earlier because there is nothing like passing a pop quiz! Just as quick as the devil tried to set me up, the Lord moved in faster to show me that I had already overcome and victory was mine! Aha! There it is: my effortless decision to return the card was first-hand proof of just how far in Christ I have come!
I thank You for my “Aha!” moments, for they allow me to snap out of the natural and tap into the spiritual. Lord, there is so much sin around me that I must pray that I am able to stay consistent in You to ensure I make the right decisions. I pray that the Spirit inside continues to over cast the sinful nature to the point that it is non-evident. Have Your way, Daddy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to take time out of your busy day to recognize the “Aha!” moments. Our Christian journey can be very tedious but taking a pause to recognize just how far we have comes gives us encouragement for the balance of the trip. Like they always say, “I’m not what I ought to be but I thank GOD I’m not what I used to be!” Be Blessed Ladies! 🙂
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Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17