Monday, August 6, 2007

purpose in ALL things

The following entry contains excerpts from the book "God Moments" by Alan D. Wright:

It was one moment that transformed every other in James Cameron's life. James Cameron is a man whose life was made by a God Moment.

In Marion, Indiana, 1930, a furious mob of thousands held a beaten-but-innocent boy in its trap. They held vengeance in their hearts and the law in their hands.

James Cameron was 16 years old the night it happened. He was riding around with two friends who convinced him to help them steal. When the victim they planned to rob stepped from the car, James recognized him as a faithful shoe shine customer. James ran away and soon after, heard gunshots. Later that night, he was arrested for the murder of his former customer and rape of the victim's girlfriend.

While James and his two friends were incarcerated, a furious mob assaulted the jailhouse. Unprotected by the sheriff, the three were seized by the angry crowd and beaten. Then came the God Moment. The two guilty boys were already gone, their limp bodies hanging from the tree. Then the noose drew tightly around James Cameron's neck. What happened next only James Cameron knows for sure. A sweet and distinct voice, unlike any he had ever heard called out: "TAKE THIS BOY BACK. HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY RAPING OR KILLING."

Then, more suddenly than it had begun, chaos turned to calm. The white crowd parted, making room for the bewildered and beaten black boy to hobble back to jail. In the midst of the most harrowing moment of his life, James Cameron heard God. It was a moment that changed his life, giving him a sense of purpose that led him for 75 years.

In times of great difficulty, we often find ourselves feeling hopeless and confused. The world we live in just does not make sense. Be assured, however, that our heavenly Father can work with even the most horrid of circumstances! This hope has become increasingly clear to me with the passing of time. When I scrapbook about tragic events, I look for God's redeeming hand. I don't always find answers but I always find Him.

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Journaling Ideas: Take a look at a time of difficulty in your own life. How did that experience change you? How did it shape your character? Who was introduced into your life at that time? If you have experienced a loss, describe the impact that person has had on your life? How has God used that "story" to positively impact others' lives?

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Amy said...

"I don't always find answers but I always find Him."

Love this quote, Tina. I need to remind myself of this often lately! This entry of yours makes me think of Emma's schoolmate Rachel, and how her battle with cancer could have shook her and her family's faith, but when they turned to Him, they knew he was hurting along with them. Her caringbridge website/mother's words are such a strong and powerful story about faith, fully relying on God, and knowing He is right their with them. We don't know why he didn't give Rachel the miracle of healing on earth... but we know He is there in the midst, giving them comfort & strength, and using Rachel and her experience as a tool for good, to show his love through their faith & the people around them.

Tina Vega said...

What a beautiful entry Amy. Thank you! T