The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Not For a Moment

“You were reaching through the storm
And walking on the water
Even when I could not see
In the middle of it all
When I thought You were a thousand miles away
Not for a moment did You forsake me
Not for a moment did You forsake me
After all, You are constant
After all, you are only good
After all, You are sovereign
Not for a moment will You forsake me.”
- Excerpt from the song Not For a Moment (After All) by Meredith Andrews

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward - to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. - Philippians 3:12-14  The Message Bible

Sovereign: “being above all others in character, importance, excellence, etc.” - Dictionary.com

I was in a hurry.  I didn’t want to waste any time. I had stuff I wanted to do. Driving to my parents house and back was not one of them. But it was something I had to do. God was going to show me His power. It was a corner I had driven a lot. It was between my girlfriend’s and parent’s house at the time. This time I thought I would see if I could go around it at 70 miles per hour. I’m sure I could have. However, what I didn’t know was that something had spilled gravel on the road. I spun one way, corrected, then the other. The car I had at the time was notorious for oversteer in situations like that and I couldn’t get it back under control. I remember sliding backwards towards the rocks, thinking to myself that this was going to be a bummer, because I was going to dent my car. I didn’t feel the impact. But I’ll always remember the sound. An overwhelming crash that I don’t think I could ever reproduce. Then I remember being dropped on my head. I was upside down in the middle of the road. There was only one window in my car big enough to crawl out of. It was also the one widow that hand’t broken. It was what I thought was the drivers side window, but as it turned out was actually on the passenger side. But I couldn’t break it on my own. It was too strong. I was trapped in a car laying upside down in the middle of the road. The thoughts about what could happen ran through my head. My car might be hit by another driver. It might catch on fire. It might... Then I remembered the emergency glass breaker I kept in the car that my grandma had given me. Who ever thinks they’re going to need one of those to get out of their car? I’m the only one I know of who’s ever needed to use one of those things. It worked like a charm. I broke the last remaining window in the car and crawled out. I called 9-1-1. I was told someone had already called. I had no idea who that could have been. I couldn’t remember seeing anyone else around or passing by. My back started to hurt. I began to hesitate to move. My whole body felt like a sprained ankle that couldn’t take its own weight. I couldn’t wait for the ambulance to get there. I needed to be stabilized. I don’t remember the entire ride to the hospital, but I do remember being uncomfortable. Fortunately that’s all I suffered. A little discomfort, a relatively minor back injury, and maybe a small concussion.  
I’ll never forget going to see my car the next day at the salvage yard. When I first saw it I didn’t think it could be mine. It wasn’t how I remembered it. But then it had to be. The lady working was surprised to see me there. She was confident no one had lived in the accident. It didn’t look like anyone could have. And well, you can see the picture. The drivers side is flattened. You can see where the steering wheel and dash slid on the pavement. What you probably can’t see is that the dash is crushed a couple inches lower than what it should be. And what I know you can’t see is a tuft of my hair in the drivers side window sill near the seat belt attachment point. I knew I should have been dead.  
I knew I had been saved for a reason. I’ve always known that I was dedicated as a baby to work for the Lord and that up to that point I hand’t fulfilled that purpose. I thought that I might write about what happened to me. About God’s purpose for our lives. But I didn’t. It took probably a year to stop thinking about it. But eventually I did. I forgot the miracle. I went on living just like before. “Not for a moment did He forsake me.” He hand’t forgotten my purpose before the accident and He hasn’t since. It took years for me to start to honor the purpose He had for me. Eventually I did. That’s why you’re reading this right now. That’s why on July 12, 2010 I started the Daily Self Growth Journal. That’s why I knew it had to include the world of God. And the verse I used at the time was the same verse I used today. Funny thing is... I didn’t even know I was on this journey at the time. I’m sorry it took so long to respond to His calling. But I’m glad you can read this today. And I want to remind us all that God has a purpose for us. That He will never forsake us. That He has a journey for all of us. The journey towards Jesus. A journey with Christ.
Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Drive Safely,

Jake

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