The Defining Moment


The other day, a friend forwarded me a devotional titled “Defining Moments”.  The message was about those in the Bible who had experienced defining moments and had their lives forever changed.  The author talked about Peter walking on water, Daniel escaping the lions’ den, Joshua finally crossing into the Promise Land, and Shadrach, Mesach, and Abendigo who were untouched by the firy furnance.  The author further conveyed that these moments set the course for the remainder of their lives and each of the servants had years of preparation that led up to that moment. 

History captures many times of defining moments, for instance,

  • on April 14, 1912, the Titanic sank.
  • on October 24, 1929,  the Stock Market crashed
  • on December 7, 1941, Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
  • on August 17, 1977, Elvis died.
  • on January 28, 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger exploded *(I watched this on t.v).
  • on January 16, 1991, U.S. attacked Iraq.
  • on April 19, 1995, the Oklahoma City Bombing.
  • on April 20, 1999, shootings at Columbine High School
  • on September 11, 2001, an attack on U.S. known as the September 11th Attacks.
For those who were deeply affected by those moments, we would have to believe that those experiences were forever engraved into their soul.  Almost like it became a part of who they were/are and mapped out the direction of their remaining journey.
Something heavy continues to set with me and the feeling cannot be easily explained.  Have I reached my defining moment?  Have I missed it?  Is God still preparing me for it?
Have you had your defining moment?  If so, I would love to hear about it!

2 thoughts on “The Defining Moment

  1. A defining moment in my life was 22 Feb 87. I was 13 years old. That was the day I found Jesus. It was the most defining thing to happen to me in my life. It saved me in so many ways and prepared me for my next defining moment. My latest defining moment I do not remember the day but the year was 2008. The day I told Dr. Kent Hughes my story of being molested as a child. It was a story I had never told another person. I had told people it happened but never what happened. Going down that road has changed me and made me whole at the same time. God gave me the grace to make it through and finally let go so I could heal. Over that year I had many defining moments but I feel they all started there. I know in life I will have many more. I have learned to take them as them come… at a time.

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