Have you ever lost something? I have, and it’s a terrible feeling. I have lost keys and felt the panic when needing the car.
I have lost a tea set that my brother bought for me on a trip to Russia. I have lost a box of Christmas ornaments with my stocking my grandmother had made for me. I have lost my wedding dress. I have lost friends through the years and relationships that still hurt. These are all things that cannot be replaced. I have lost several babies through miscarriage and all 4 of my grandparents in death. To lose something is a horrible experience and I’m sure we can all relate.
I have a strange question though..
Have you ever almost lost something? Sounds crazy, I know.. I typically fall about once every 6 months or so and it isn’t something that I find enjoyable or exciting, so when I trip and almost fall, it’s almost as terrifying as the actual fall.
I have gotten out of the car and dropped my keys next to a water drain, or dropped my wedding ring in the sink.
Maybe your child had flushed a toy but you were able to grab it before it was gone forever. When you almost lose something it is a terrifying moment. You have all the “what ifs” and fears that run through your head. It can be very stressful and troublesome if you allow those thoughts to continue to build in your mind.
This last week we faced an almost that would have changed our life. My daddy almost had a massive heart attack. You might think, “How can some one almost have a heart attack?” Well, my Daddy went to the VA Hospital on Tuesday, he was hurting in his chest and was sweating a lot. When they checked his blood pressure it was very high. The mini EKG didn’t give them much information. The doctor talked about two options, a stress test or a heart cath. Well, Daddy didn’t want the heart cath but decided whatever the doctor said that was what he would do. The doctor came in and decided to do the heart cath. When they went in they found that the artery typically known as the “widowmaker” was 99% blocked. They put a stent in and within 24 hours he was home.
Now one thing about an almost is that you didn’t actually lose anything, in reality you gain something. See, when I almost lost the car keys, I held on tightly to them the next time, when I almost lost my wedding ring, I am more careful of where I set it from now on. Almost losing my daddy to a massive heart attack made me realize just how quick something can happen so I will cherish my time with my parents. I am looking forward to seeing them and spending time with them. I have almost lost both of my parents. I have almost died myself, yet these times gave us another chance at life. Another chance to make a difference in others. I have since had another child and I pray that my son will understand that had God chosen to take my life, he would not have had a chance at life at all. God has a perfect plan and many times there is an almost in it.
It makes me grateful to the Lord for His unending love for me. You see, I once was "Lost" myself and one day I chose to accept Christ as my personal Savior. When I "almost" died, God gave me a second chance at life. I am thankful for my life and my salvation. I am thankful for my daddy's second chance, I am thankful for the almost in my life. But at the same time, I think about those who have lived and passed on who almost accepted Christ. I think of Judas, he walked beside the Savior, He hugged the door to heaven, yet he went to hell. I think of King Agrippa in
Acts 26:28 "Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuades me to be a Christian."
There are many that are in hell today because they were like King Agrippa, "Almost Persuaded". Let me encourage you that God has given you another chance to accept Christ as your Saviour. He is allowing you to read this and it was put on my heart to write, just for you. Don't live your life without Christ, He love you and he wants to be your Savior.
So where are you today with Christ?
Are you lost? Are you saved? Are you Almost persuaded?
What is your Almost?