“far more abundantly than all that we ask or think”
Wow, can you believe I have not posted in well over a year!!!! As I confessed in some of my later post, much of this has been attributed to “what’s the point”. Today, however, I simply have come to the conclusion that some stories are just too good to be kept in my journal!
It’s now been a few weeks back, December 7, 2020 to be exact. As I finished my morning time and prepared to go off to work, I noticed Dad’s watch. Yes, some will recall the story of Dad’s passing July 5, 2019 which I posted about in A moment that will never be forgotten! As we left the funeral home that day, Mom handed me Dad’s watch which I periodically wear.
Glancing at Dad’s watch and, as can be noted in the picture taken, I noticed that the battery had died. What’s most significant however is the time which was displayed on the watch, 12:07!! Reading and recalling the story of Dad’s passing previously mentioned, you’ll note that Dad passed at 12:07 am for which 7 was a very significant number associated with his passing. Really, you have to read the blog post to gain the full significance of 12:07 and 7.
I paused for a second in gratitude of God’s reminder of Papaw Dave and, even more, God’s intimate love for us as followers. I snapped today’s photo and immediately texted it to my family sharing this blessed reminder of Papaw. What a wonderful way to start the day!
While this in itself would have been significant, the significants of God’s timing would continue to be on display throughout that day. Allow me to explain. It wasn’t until later that day that I recognized something that many of you may have already discovered. Did you notice the date mentioned earlier? Yes, 12:07 was the time on the watch which I discovered on 12/7/2020.
So, what else is significant about December 7th? If you know your history, you’ll know that December 7, 1941 was D-Day, the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The following day President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” This attack would result in the US entering World War II.
Beyond history, I found this timing more than coincidental. Due to confidentiality and it simply not being the right thing to do, I will not share any details. However, I will say that later that morning, I experienced a personal attack that, at the time, felt like “a date which will live in infamy”. What started out being one of the best days of my life immediately turned into one of the worst days of my life.
Later in the day, sharing with a friend the story was when they brought to my attention that it was December 7th. Upon bringing this to mind and sharing the happening Papaw’s watch earlier in the morning, God immediately brought to mind the eternal significance of events of that day. You see, God already knew that morning I was about to be rocked at my core and provided me a firm foundation of remembrance. A foundation that would remind me of His hand in my personal journey over the past decade. A reminder of the promise of the “magnificent performance yet to come!”
So, as we come to the end of 2020, most of us will look back on this year as a year of challenges beyond our imagination. For some, it may have been the equivalence of D-Day in your own personal journey. To all of us, I ask the question: “If the God of the universe can order circumstances such that my father passes away at 12:07 am the date of his brother’s birthday which at the very moment his grandson, my son, is prompted to pray for him. And then, on December 7th stops the hands on Dad’s watch at 12:07 on a day which which his son needed a reminder of his glory and presence. Then, can’t he handle the circumstances of 2020 or, more specifically, the intimate details of your personal circumstances at this very moment?
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21