Have you experienced the moment before? I’m sure you have. Here’s what I mean:
- You get an email saying your lab results are now available on line.
- Your SAT scores (or GMAT, or final grades) show up in the mail.
- Your kid (or parent, or best friend) sits down next to you and says, “I have something to tell you…”
This list could go on forever. We all have those moments when we know the information we are about to receive will be very, very important and could be truly wonderful or nearly devastating. If you’re like me, your breath and heartrate change, and time seems to stand still.
What do you do in that moment before? I won’t discourage you by telling you what I used to do, or what our enemy wants us to do. Instead, let me tell you what I’ve finally learned to do, what I’m hoping you will learn to do as well.
- Remember that the One who is all-knowing, all-powerful and all-loving is in charge of this moment and all the moments to come.
- In heart and and mind say, really say, “I trust you in whatever this moment is about to bring.” (If some part of me doesn’t actually mean that yet, I’ll ask the Lord to intervene with added trust as well.)
- As much as possible, release and relax every bit of that now-tensed-for-bad-news body.
And then, open the email, read the letter, listen to the loved one—all the while letting an undercurrent of silent prayer pervade as you accept the bad news or celebrate the good. Afterward, be still sometime soon. Ponder, pray, and worship the One in charge. My pastor says, “The only way you can learn how to pray is to pray.” The more we do it, the more it becomes the second nature prayer is meant to be! And the more we pray, coming into the throne room of God and seeing that it’s our loving Dad sitting on that throne, the more we can face those “moments before” with peace.
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