Tuesday, July 21, 2009

You've got two seconds...

Have you ever had a moment in your life when you felt as if you were playing a game of Musical Chairs, the music stops...and there's no more chairs?

In the context of the game, it's a simple rush of disappointment as you realize you're "out." In the context of life, it's not so simple. When you "run out of chairs" in life, everything stops. You feel as if all the oxygen has left the room. You are aware of nothing going on around you except the one thing that has stopped the music. I recently heard the story of family who had such an experience.

They had their second child over one year ago. A precious little girl, whom they knew before she was born would have a club foot. A "minor" challenge that would be corrected with surgery later in life. Nothing to be concerned about. But a few days after she was born, the music stopped. She had an extra chromosome. She had Down syndrome.

As her parents shared her story, her dad made this comment: "It's times like this that you have just two seconds...two seconds to decide how you will respond." He shared how he was speechless. Nothing to say. His wife, however, didn't flinch. With a hint of fear and a heap of faith, she asked, "OK, where do we go from here?"

While it may have felt as if the music had stopped, she knew it was just beginning. She knew the Creator makes no mistakes. She knew this precious little girl was just as she was created to be. She knew the Creator had a plan.
Psalm 139:14-16 "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

The bottom line here is that there will always be events in our lives over which we have no control. At those moments, the only thing we can control is our response. Some choose to get angry and bitter, while others see the opportunity to experience God on a whole new level. They know that regardless of how "bad" the situation, He's even greater.
Get ready. Life is moving on but one day, the music might stop. Get ready. You've got two seconds.
This is a link to a video that features this family. They appear just over halfway...you will not miss them: http://vidego.316networks.com/player.php?p=u8y0g80d

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