by: Rich Vaughan
We restarted our Men’s Bible Study group this past Monday. We meet every Monday from 7-8 in the morning, but this was our first time to meet since the COVID 19 mess all began. Now we meet either physically with social distancing or by Zoom for those who would prefer that style. Currently we are wrapping up a book entitled “Seven Men” by Eric Metaxas. The last chapter deals with the life of Charles Colson who died in 2012. His name is remembered for two major events: One, is the Watergate political scandal that occurred in 1972 and brought down President Richard Nixon. The second, is a totally different event. He created and was the founding father of Prison Fellowship Ministries. A powerful, active, and very effective ministry that brings Jesus into prisoners lives. Because he was sentenced to prison and served time for his role in Watergate, he speaks from experience and his heart as he carried Jesus into the prisons. Prisoners would listen to him because he had been one of them.
Even though Colson lost his way and was corrupted by politics he still had a spark of God in his heart that caught on fire while he was in prison. That spark happened during a “God Moment” for him, if you will, a “God Sighting”. As a Marine Captain (by the way, he was the fastest to reach that rank in the long history of the Marine Corp), he was standing on the deck of the USS Mellette one night before his battalion were to go into Guatemala to protect American lives during a communist uprising. In his own words, “a bit fearful of what might happen in the days ahead, I look up at the millions of stars sparkling in the inky sky. That night I suddenly became as certain as I had ever been about anything in my life that out there in the great starlit beyond was God.”
Have you ever had a “God sighting” or a “God Moment” like Charles Colson? They are all around us if we pay attention. For instance, in our staff meeting today, one of my staff who had the devotion for today, shared a “God Sighting” that happened to them at just the right moment. It was a dark, rainy, miserable day and our staff member was driving back home from a difficult and emotional moment. They truly needed to feel God’s presence. And there it was. Suddenly appearing in front of the car. Rays of sunlight bursting through the gloom, the darkness, and the rain. Everywhere else the sky was black and stormy. But right there was this moment, this “God Sighting”. Coincidence? I don’t think so. There was no reason for that break to occur in the clouds or the storm. There was no reason for it to occur just then or in that location. It was a “God Moment”. It was a “God Sighting”. And it reminded my staff member that God was there with love, grace, and strength. You and I need those moments in our lives. It may be a bird in your yard. It may be a butterfly appearing at just the right moment. It may be a phone call or a text at just the right time. It may be a devotional that is timed just perfectly. It might be a night sky or a stormy sky. It might be a child that says something to you or a senior citizen that says a certain word to you. But “God Sightings” are all around us. Take a moment and look, find them, see them. Because in every day, every one of us could use a “God Moment”. Amen? Amen.