Thursday, April 11, 2013

I Don't Have to Wonder. . .

Sometimes when our patients have spinal anesthesia before a Cesarean Section, the anesthesia numbs the section of muscles along their rib cage that allows them to "feel" their own breathing.  This can be a very frightening sensation for some women.  

"I can't breathe!" they frantically cry and we often have trouble reassuring them that if they have enough air to speak, they have enough air to breathe.  Because they can't feel themselves breathe, they don't believe it is happening.

We don't realize how much we are aware of the sense of our own breathing, until suddenly that feeling is gone.  By the same token, we don't realize how much awareness we have of the presence of God in and around our lives.  Someone in a moment of extreme pain or crisis, regardless of their spiritual belief, will often cry out to God.  Why is that?  Is it just a cultural phenomenon?  

No.  It is because ". . .in Him we live, and move, and have our being;" (Acts 17:28.)    We all have a sense, an awareness that there is more to this world, more to this existence, than just ourselves.  

Some who want to reject the notion that it is God, will call that awareness "the force" or "the cosmic energy."  The name they give it doesn't change the fact that it is indeed, God the Almighty, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

Why does it make some so angry, so incensed when Christians speak of the Lord Jesus Christ?  I do not get incensed when people speak of their false gods. . .I feel sorry for them, I pray they will come to know the truth, but I don't spew hateful epitaphs toward them, or desire to eradicate them from the face of the earth.  Could it be that deep within their hearts the very creation itself has called out to them that there is one true God? That their very breath has told them that Jesus Christ is His Son and that there will indeed be a day of reckoning when all men will be asked the question, "What have you done with my son, Jesus Christ?"

I don't have to wonder if I am breathing. . .I feel it to be true.  I just know it to be true.  I don't have to wonder if there is a God. . .I believe it to be true, I see the evidence of it every time I open my eyes.  For that matter, every time I take a breath He has given me to take.

There is no mistaking it.  There is a God.  His Son is Jesus Christ.  We each have a choice to make regarding those two statements and we will be held accountable for those two choices.

Choose wisely.

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