I am intrigued by the accounts of those who have had spiritual experiences, those moments in which the veil between the physical realm and the spiritual realm is peeled back. Like the stage curtain opens for the audience to see a scene of a play, Father God reminds us that there is more going on in the scene of our lives than we may currently realize.
I have had some spiritual experiences of my own, like the time during praise and worship when I had a vision of the roof opening up to see Jesus in white surrounded by light beckoning us to come higher. But I haven’t yet had or at least recognized the angel of the Lord coming to me as a physical being, a human form that not only I can see and hear, but the people around me can see as well.
I would add it to my bucket list; however, God knows best. If the angel of The Lord comes to me like he did to Samson’s mother and brings great news that would be awesome. He told her, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son.” She must have been ecstatic and full of hope at the news.
Knowing that something that I’d been desiring much of my life was finally going to come to past could make me dance a jig. But it’s the part that comes after his good news that makes me just a little uncomfortable. She didn’t really have time to celebrate the good news before the angel of The Lord said, “ Nowsee to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean.” That’s right. He put restrictions on her diet. Ouch. It’s not so much the specifics as it is the realization that our discipline often plays a part in the fulfillment of God’s promises to us. In other words some of God’s promises are conditional. If you do this, He will do that. Now, I would much rather wave a wand and have fairytale-like wishes that just come true.
But how did Samson’s mother respond. She seemed to have taken the requirements in stride. She didn’t question the angel of The Lord. She just listened and obeyed. She even ran to get her husband so he could hear too.
Reading about Samson’s mother has confirmed a path that I’ve been considering. I want to do a health blog. I think it could help me and some others who are interested in being healthy, but are not really gung-ho about making necessary changes. I’ll keep you posted. It will require me to step out of my comfort zone and add more discipline, but I believe I can do it.
“…Everything is possible with God.” –Mark 10:27
So, I say thank you to Samson’s mom and Manoah’s wife, a lady whose name is not even mentioned in the scriptures. She may seem insignificant to some, but she has sparked a change in me.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.