Life-Changing Moments – Part 2


Life-Changing Moments – Part 2

Genesis 29:9–14

While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep; for she kept them. Now when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his mother’s brother Laban, and the sheep of his mother’s brother Laban, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of his mother’s brother Laban. Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud. And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s kinsman, and that he was Rebekah’s son; and she ran and told her father.

When Laban heard the news about his sister’s son Jacob, he ran to meet him; he embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, and Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month.

Acts 7:44–53

“Our ancestors had the tent of testimony in the wilderness, as God directed when he spoke to Moses, ordering him to make it according to the pattern he had seen. Our ancestors in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our ancestors. And it was there until the time of David, who found favor with God and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the house of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for him. Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands; as the prophet says,

‘Heaven is my throne,

and the earth is my footstool.

What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,

or what is the place of my rest?

Did not my hand make all these things?’

You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are forever opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, and now you have become his betrayers and murderers. You are the ones that received the law as ordained by angels, and yet you have not kept it.”

What makes those special moments so powerful? Plot twists.

Plot twists? Well maybe plot turns is a better expression. They are moments though when we make decisions, even if we don’t feel like we really have choices to make. Not just choices about what to eat for breakfast (at least on most days). Choices that reshape the path we walk on for the rest of our lives.

Want to find out what yours are? Take a moment and write down the top 5 things you would do differently if you had a chance. Next write down the top 5 things you would definitely want to do the same. Those are likely the 10 major plot turns in your life.

Jacob had one such the day he met Rachel. Another the day he married her. Yet another, in between those two, on the day he thought he married her. Can you imagine the conversations held in that family, reminiscing on the “good ol’ days”?

Stephen, had a similar experience reminding the Jewish leaders who had handed Jesus over to be crucified. He reminded them that this was not the first messenger of God they had killed. In fact, the very fact that they had rejected Jesus was actually part of the evidence that He was indeed the true messiah they had been waiting for… irony of ironies. Plot twists.

How do you handle those plot twists in your life?

Where do you see God at work in those plot twists?