By James Washington
Special to the NNPA from Houston Forward Times
I don’t know about you, but there have been times when I have confused being blessed with being lucky. When it seems that life has stacked the deck against me, my worldly perspective on things can get kind of blurred. I mean life does that periodically. My point is that when this occurs and my back is truly up against the wall, I’m fortunate to be able to steady myself and come back to one very truthful thing. It’s not luck. Forever strike that from your vocabulary. I am blessed and there are not enough hours in the day to say thank you to the Almighty for this simple change in thought. What it means is that from wherever I sit, whatever my predicament or circumstances, I have not missed my wake up call from God. It may have been a long time coming, but this time I didn’t hit the snooze button. Instead I got myself out of bed and started at some point to pay attention to God’s agenda rather than my own. If you think about it, everybody could or should ask the same question. Have you missed your wake up call? Did you call the front desk and ask/pray for one?
The bible is full of saints and sinners who, when God rang them up, tried their very best to play past, ignore or sleep through God’s call upon their lives. Most tried to deny it. Some begged God to ask somebody else. Many just turned over and wouldn’t believe God was actually trying to get in touch with them. Ask Jonah, Moses, Zechariah to name a few. But that’s a funny thing about God. He continues to call, sometimes with consequences for the reluctant sleeper. I’m just thankful I answered the phone. Can you imagine missing your wake up call from God and never getting another one? Like I said, I’m feeling much more than just lucky today. I would have loved to have seen Mom’s face to hear me say I’m saved. There are still people rolling over in their graves at this rather remarkable news. Yes, there is a celebration going on. And the only reason I know this is because in my life, I know I woke up exactly one ring before the last ring of my wake up call.
Now I might be wrong but from my seat, better late than never. I’m giddy today with the reality that God said, “ring him up one more time.” It stops and starts with ‘thank you.’ It includes the truth that one day I will die knowing that God loves me and that knowledge gives a whole new meaning to my entire existence. You know when you miss your wake up call, it has a tendency to ruin your whole day. I believe when you miss your wake up call from God, it has a tendency to ruin the rest of your natural life and the next life after that. I know there is someone who is reading this right now who also knows the feeling of just getting in under the wire; catching a plane, making a meeting, getting to the store right before it closes. Maybe you made it in time to talk someone into letting you in after the door was locked when they weren’t supposed to. The negative anticipation is replaced with great elation that, whew, you made it. Thank God I made it!
Now I may not get to heaven but I can honestly say, I do know the way. The rest is up to me. I don’t know about you but that’s worth shouting about. The bible says count it all joy. Life and death look a whole lot different to me now. Actually, they’re pretty much the same to some extent. God is in both realms. And it’s pretty nice to find or be found and then follow Him in this one. You guys have a nice day and may God bless and keep you forever. “”Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2.
May God bless and keep you always,