An “Aha!” moment

Have you ever had one of these? You’re doing something, trying to fix a problem, trying to figure something out, and all of sudden you have a breakthrough. The lightbulb turns on. You have that longed for “Aha!” moment as now you have the answer to whatever problem, or you have a way to figure out the answer that you didn’t have before.

These are exciting moments…most of the timman-lightbulb-momente! Sometimes, that moment, that realization, can come and it does not bode well for the future. We reach that moment and then it’s like, “Oh man, I wish I hadn’t known that..” The realization can come with a weight, like this picture. It’s not just a small moment, but it has a huge impact on what happens next.

This same thing happened to Gideon, a special guy in the Old Testament of the Bible. He was a warrior. Here’s what Judges 6:22-23 records happening in his life:

“When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he cried out, ‘Oh, Sovereign LORD, I’m doomed! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!’ ‘It is all right,’ the LORD replied, ‘Do not be afraid. You will not die.'”

There was something special about this realization. Gideon realized the person that he had been talking to was not just any person, but was in fact the angel of the LORD. He freaked out when he realized this! He basically thought he was going to die because he was not worthy of talking to the angel of the LORD and he knew it.

Gideon’s realization, his “aha!” moment, caused him to run right to God.

Have you ever had an “Aha!” moment? What did you do with it? We can make plans, we can prepare, we can adapt to light bulb moments. But Proverbs 16:9 says this, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.”

Whatever your realization today, or tomorrow, or whenever it comes, make sure to run it to God. What do you do with it? How do you handle it? What path should you take now?

Pray. Ask God. Trust in His understanding and His plan. He will be your guide if you follow Him.


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