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Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)
TITLE: Once In A Lifetime
By Barbara Miller
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“Once in a lifetime”…for some reason that phrase has its own unwritten rule. That rule is that the experience that happens is always an extraordinarily good one. If we think long and hard enough, we can all bring up a memory of an occasion that resulted in such surprise or awe, we feel that the chances of it happening to us again would be slim to none. But such a positive result could also be associated by personally escaping tragedy or even death. Under extreme and dangerous conditions for some miraculous reason you survived. It is in those cases that one would just as soon keep that kind of experience to once in a lifetime.
The word “miraculous” often is mentioned when speaking of phenomenal circumstances. When repeating those stories from our lives, we still shake our heads in unbelievable gratitude that it happened to us. Of course it happened; but it didn’t just happen without reason or purpose.
The fact is unbelievable things happen to all of us at one time or another. We may even be responsible for being a part of someone else’s “once in a lifetime” experience and not even know it. It could be that day that a twenty dollar bill fell out of your back pocket and was discovered on the street by a struggling single mother. That miraculous provision then becomes her once in a lifetime story. On the other hand, it could be that one day you slept through your alarm and missed your plane. That plane that you were supposed to be on flew into the Twin Towers. Sure, you may at some time in your, life sleep through another alarm or even again miss a plane. But, that fateful day for so many will remain your miracle.
The bottom line is that we all live our lives only once. For each of us wonderful things will happen and awful things will happen. But don’t for a minute think that any of it happens without our Creator not only being there, but also has full knowledge of every detail that is your life. The Bible tells of a very specific “once in a lifetime” experience that Jesus had that offers us today a once in a lifetime decision to make. It’s no surprise, and it will definitely never happen again. It’s a once in a lifetime guarantee that will forever change the rest of your life.
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