An unguarded moment

Randall O’Brien has a book entitled, “I Feel Better All Over Than I Do Anywhere Else”.  A friend of mine is full of all sorts of corny sayings.  One I remember him saying most is, “Wherever you are there you’ll be.”

I recall working for an electrical contractor in Albuquerque.  It was “just a job” to help pay the bills and support my work at Harvest Church now named Soul Rio

The company I was working for had a job site trailer at Intel.  One afternoon I was cleaning the office and had an experience that will last a lifetime.  I had worked my way to the Foreman’s office.  While in his office I was vacuuming and muttered the following words to God, “I am better than this!” Wrong words! In that instant the vacuum cleaner bag exploded and the Foreman’s office was filled with a cloud of dust.  There I stood wishing I had never muttered that to God and in walks the Foreman… There was so much dust in the air I think he thought the trailer was on fire.  He and the rest of the guys that walked in with him got a good laugh at my expense.  It would have made a great American Express commercial, “Want to get away?”

As I think of this I am reminded of my friends saying, “Wherever you are there you’ll be.”  I was there for a reason.  I didn’t understand why I was there most days.  But there were many days while working for that company God had someone in my path that needed to hear about Jesus.

Sometimes we experience things in life that make us wonder where is God in this… or wonder what did I do wrong to get me in this position… there are so many thoughts one can have.  Nothing we experience catches God off guard.  It’s up to us to stay on guard and in tune with God – our Father.

“Set you mind on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:2-4, NIV).


4 thoughts on “An unguarded moment

  1. A friend sent me an email when she found out I was moving to Savannah. It said: “Soon your path will be going in a new direction. Perhaps God has
    planted you in an entirely different garden . Good! He knows where you will grow the best and He will give you grace to flourish where you are!” Great words of encouragement!

  2. I saw you smiling
    From the corner of your mouth
    In the corner of my eye
    (You didn’t know that it was there)
    But I hope that you appreciate
    The fact you were appreciating
    One who “did not see”
    And so you did not care
    But you were

    Caught in an unguarded moment
    You didn’t know it would show
    But you were
    Caught in an unguarded moment
    Your incognito went right
    Out of the window

    Artist: The 77s
    Album: All Fall Down
    Song: Caught In An Unguarded Moment

  3. Sorry, I clicked submit before I was ready…
    That song that I quoted is about people that were not ready for eternity, but it often makes me think of all the times I am not ready for the situation that Jesus has me in. How many moments I have missed to share eternity with someone.

  4. Randy, I looked for that song on YouTube and didn’t find it… that is an awesome song by an incredible band!!

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