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Topic: Pride (04/12/04)

TITLE: I DIDN'T SEE IT COMING
By Dave Webb
04/17/04

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It's funny how dates stick in your mind, you know where you were, who was with you, the mood, the colour, the scent; the senses switched on like a heightened moment of importance. It must have been like that for those at the foot of the cross, the senses switch on, an overload of sensations. Well it happened like that in my case, in my world, in my time; one minute a confident up standing member of the community bragging about my stroke of luck. The next, bang, crash, the roof, the heavens, the universe fell in on top of me and I didn't see it coming. Life's like that, one day up the next so far down that you're not sure whether or not there is an up, or whether you want to be up.

But there is always a reason for everything, a purpose, a season, to everything turn,turn,turn, etc. I know now that that moment for me was my Damascus, my personal flash of lightning! I know he stopped me dead and said ...

"That's enough! You've had your experiences, now you do what I want you to do!"

I fought it once, he hit me down again,

I fought it twice, believed I could start over where I had left off, he hit me down again!

I tried to fight for a third time, he said ...

"Enough!"

and lay me flat for three whole days. I could move nothing but my facial features! I had to be helped with everything else, I was like a baby totally dependent on others for my every need. And as I lay there my brain took stock, began to hear His voice, listened to His words, and began to understand the pathway from pride to humility.

I now use the talents and skills given to me to bring joy to many thousands of people all over the North of England, reading, singing, telling stories, watching their faces reflect His glory!

I never saw it coming, but when it came it changed my life.


Member Comments
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Angie Ragg04/19/04
When the Lord wants your attention. He knows exactly how and when to get it, doesn't he? Sometimes the only way we can look up is if we are in a pit. Thank you for the reminder!
Kathlyn Fauchon04/20/04
Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm a very slow learner myself. Eye catching title too.
L.M. Lee04/20/04
glad you have found your place of joy in service.
B Price04/21/04
so often we don't see it coming. but can relate how it can change your life... made me think of a story I could have wrote on instead of the one I did.
Glad it changed your life and keep writing those stories of experiences... as more people listen to those experiences stories than any other kind.
Jan Grupido04/22/04
Good...Better....Best...
Guess which one describes God's way for our lives?...Sounds like you listened and found the best. How sad had you not done so and wound up with Good or Better...and never knew what Best could be...Concise piece with strong momentum...read like a phone conversation where you could here the other person's thoughts.
thanks