What exactly is an "AHA" moment?
Well, I'm so glad you asked!
The definition of an "AHA" moment according to dictionary.com
"A point in time, event, or experience when one has a sudden insight or realization."
In other words, it's like a light bulb moment.
When the light finally comes on!
The example which was given along with the definition was,
"My AHA moment was when I put on my shorts from last summer and they didn't fit!"
Meaning that person realized they either needed to go on a diet or buy new shorts!
Well thankfully my particular "AHA" moment came in a totally different way!
I experienced my most recent "AHA" moment while reading my Bible.
Let me explain.
Have you ever read a portion of Scripture ninety-nine times and it wasn’t until the one-hundredth time that you had an "AHA" moment"?
When you said, “Whoa, I never noticed that before!”
“So thankful I read it for the one-hundredth time!”
That’s exactly what happened to me recently.
I was reading through the Book of Exodus, and I came upon the chapters where the Lord is explaining to Moses how to construct the tabernacle, as well as all the furnishings.
I've read these verses numerous times in the past, but I must admit I never stopped long enough to REALLY read them.
I'm talking about?
Never slowing down long enough to soak it all in?
But this time I DID slow down and when I did, I was blown away!
By God’s absolute down to the smallest detail of every big and every little thing which had to do with the construction of the tabernacle, as well as, all the furnishings.
God didn’t say to Moses, "Moses, I want a tabernacle, along with the furnishings built, and it really doesn't matter to me whom you choose to construct it. I trust your discretion and however it turns out will be just fine with me!"
The Lord didn’t say, “Moses, here is a very sketchy blue print for the building of the tabernacle. Give it to the workers and just have them follow these sparse directions!"
God didn't say, "Moses, tell the builders of the tabernacle that I'd like a curtain here and maybe put one over there, and make it some shade of blue or maybe purple, and put a piece of wood here, and make it about ten to twelve cubits in length."
what the Lord said!
That's NOT how
the Lord did things!
That's NOT how
EVER does things!
"According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it."
The Lord supplied them with EXACT details upon details upon DETAILS!
Down to the most minute detail!
"Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them."
The EXACT colors!
The EXACT fabrics!
The EXACT number of curtains!
"Fifty loops shalt thou make in the one curtain, and fifty loops shalt thou make in the edge of the curtain that is in the coupling of the second; that the loops may take hold one of another."
The EXACT number of loops in each curtain!
"And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering above of badgers' skins. And thou shalt make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up. Ten cubits shall be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the breadth of one board."
The EXACT description for the covering of the tabernacle!
The EXACT animal skins to use and what color to dye them!
The EXACT wood to use!
The EXACT length and breadth (width) of each board!
And on and on it goes.
And that's just the instructions for the tabernacle!
Then there are all the EXACT details for the furnishings.
"All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass. And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always."
The EXACT metal which all the pins are to be made of!
The EXACT type of oil to burn in the lamp!
The EXACT amount of time the lamp is to be burning!
And it continues on with EXACT details for the construction of:
The Court of The Tabernacle
The Ark of The Covenant
The Altar of Incense
The Mercy Seat
The Table of Shewbread
The Golden Candlestick
The Bronze Laver
The Altar of Burnt Offerings
The Garments of The High Priest
And many other things I know I'm missing!
Like I said, I guess I never took the time to REALLY stop and take this all in before, but when I did, I was TOTALLY amazed!
No real reason for me to be so overwhelmed by it all since I KNOW God is VERY detailed and thoughtful.
Look at how detailed He is in the creation of each and every one of us! From the hairs on our head to the fingerprints that make us each unique!
Reading these chapters and being shown how detailed God is, truly helped to remind me that He is absolutely trustworthy.
I know at times it can be so very difficult to put your faith and trust in a God Who is making no sense to you whatsoever. Who is doing things totally different than the way you are praying about them. But God DOES care and He DOES know what He is doing whether we understand it or not.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths"
God IS involved in every detail of our lives. The small details, as well as the major details, and all those other details in between!
Remember, my friend, that even when the Lord seems so far away or completely silent, He DOES still care.
He IS still working in your life on your behalf.
He KNOWS every detail of your life and He LOVES you!
And, once again, I'm preaching to myself as I type out all the words of this post!
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