Suddenly

“And suddenly everything, absolutely everything, was there.” – Ray Bradbury

“Everything can change at any moment – suddenly and forever.” – Paul Auster

“Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” – Acts 2:2 WEB

None of us are immune to the trials and challenges life imposes on us, so I think it’s safe to say that many of us are searching for a breakthrough of some kind – a change to our circumstances, an end to the suffering, or an event that moves us in a positive direction toward accomplishing our dreams and fulfilling our purpose here.

Each of us has the power within ourselves to ignite change – to initiate the breakthrough, however; what about the kinds of challenges that seem insurmountable or humanly impossible to change?

It could be the recent terminal diagnosis, the powerful addiction that needs more than just human willpower and determination to overcome, or the wayward spouse who is far from a mindset of reconciliation and restoration.

It could be the overwhelming debt that is utterly impossible to pay back, the lifelong dream that can never be accomplished anymore, or the unexpected accident or loss that makes moving forward seem futile.

Yes, things in life can suddenly take a turn for the worse, but they can also instantly and miraculously change in a positive way.  Suddenly, without a moment’s notice, God can intervene 🙂  All it takes is one glance, one breathe in your direction, one simple spoken word from God and SUDDENLY things can change!

What seems impossible in the natural realm can supernaturally become achievable – a spiritual truth each of us should embrace as we face life’s insurmountable challenges.

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?”  – Jeremiah 32:27 NIV

“Listen!  The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.”  – Isaiah 59:1 NLT

“O Sovereign Lord!  You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm.  Nothing is too hard for you!”  – Jeremiah 32:17 NLT

God is the source of all healing, of every provision we need, and can move the hearts and minds of anyone He chooses.  What doctors can’t cure or understand, God can heal tonight.  The stubborn child or the spouse with a hardened heart can be moved by God toward reconciliation at this very moment.  Suddenly, God can direct the right people to come across your path – those who can change your financial situation or help you fulfill your lifelong dream.  The power, courage, and strength you need to finally conquer that addiction can supernaturally enter your life RIGHT NOW!

If you are longing for a “suddenly” moment in your life, here are some things to meditate on and consider:

Reach Out

“And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.  She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.  When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’  Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.”  – Mark 5:25-29 NIV

If you are looking for a breakthrough today, ask yourself:

“How am I reaching out to God right now in my need?”

The woman in the story knew if she simply made an effort to reach out to Christ, to move closer to Him, she would be changed 🙂  The little faith it took to simply reach out immediately healed her!

Reaching out doesn’t mean becoming a perfect person.  It means knowing that simply moving closer to God, reaching out to him, can suddenly change your circumstances.

Prayer is reaching out. Meditating on God’s sovereign power over all things is reaching out, giving your problems over to a loving Father, and spending quiet time in his presence is like stretching your hands out toward Him.

Reach out and know that things can change suddenly for you!

Ask Him to Help You in Your Unbelief

It is so difficult to have faith when things look impossible.  The father of a possessed boy asked Jesus, “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” (Mark 9:22)

I love Jesus response!  “If you can?  Everything is possible for him who believes.

The father of the boy, desperate for help cried out, I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

The beautiful thing is Jesus healed his son even when the father acknowledge his unbelief.  Suddenly things changed for this family – even in the midst of doubt.

I have personally been in the shoes of this father, wanting desperately to believe things will change, but thinking in my heart the situation was too far gone – too impossible to overcome.  Because of the shame and condemnation associated with tiny faith and looming unbelief, I stopped reaching out to God – ashamed that I made my circumstances larger than I did my God and His power to change them.

If you are struggling with unbelief, thinking your relationship with your mate is just too broken to fix, that the addiction is way too powerful to overcome or that the diagnosis is too far along to remedy, go to God with your unbelief.  Reach out to him with your wavering faith.  Ask the true Author and Finisher of your faith to help you overcome any doubt or discouragement.

When you go to God with your unbelief, suddenly things can change!

Think tonight about those things in your life that look impossible, improbable, and insurmountable.  Realize they can change SUDDENLY, overnight, and in the blink of an eye!

Reach out toward God – moving closer to the Source of all things.  Ask Him to help you in your disbelief and in your doubt.  Be still and be confident that all can change in an instant.  Believe that He can do the impossible and He will my friend! 🙂

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