It’s been a week since my friend was in a terrible car accident. She is still in intensive care, struggling with several injuries, her body broken from the impact of the car, which crashed into her car. In the midst of this horrific time of life, my friend and her family have responded with remarkable faith. Actually, they are remarkable. Webster’s dictionary defines the word, remarkable, as being uncommon or extraordinary. There’s nothing mundane, ordinary, or routine for those who live a remarkable life.
It seems to me those who live a remarkable life are those who’ve figured out God is real, is present, is powerful, and is always at work . . . who’ve determined what really matters, focusing on making a difference rather than on their own stuff . . . who’ve took the challenge to fight against complacency and mediocrity, living with energy and passion . . . and who’ve made the commitment to impact the world each day, risking it all for Christ.
When it’s all said and done, God has something remarkable for each and every individual to experience. We must decide whether or not we will enter into the remarkable realm of the power and authority of God or, if, we live outside of it. God is all about the remarkable. Nothing is mundane or ordinary when we live our life intentionally in the presence of God.
And, yet, things happen, that cause us to question and ask, “Why?” I’ve had my share of questioning why my friend is having to endure such horrible suffering. And. If, we’re honest, we don’t have adequate answers, except to say we all have the freedom to make good as well as bad choices. But.
What I do know, in the midst of the stuff, we have the opportunity to face all of life through God’s remarkable presence and power.
We are told to ask God about the remarkable:
“This is what the LORD says—the LORD who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the LORD: Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come. (Jeremiah 33:2-3, NLT).
We are promised there are remarkable things to come. Rather than focus on the stuff, we must learn to look forward to what more God has planned. There’s nothing better than to live the remarkable life God has ordained for us before the earth was formed and established.
Put it on the life list: Live in the remarkable realm of God’s presence.
- Choose to trust God, who has formed and established the earth, and has ultimate power and authority in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.
- Ask God about the remarkable things to come.
- Live intentionally in the remarkable plan of God.
- Risk it all to live a remarkable life for the sake of Christ.
Learning to Kickstart the day living in the remarkable realm of God’s presence.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)
Sermon: The Name