Not one of us will escape it. We will all experience it at one time or another. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor you are still going to feel it. Regardless of whether you are black, brown, yellow, red, or white you will know it the moment it hits. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the moment when the phone rings and you are caught completely off guard by the news. I’m talking about the moment when the doctor says, “I’m sorry. The test confirms what we feared.” I’m talking about the moment the principal calls from your child’s school and says that it is important that she talk to you as soon as possible. I’m talking about the moment when your doorbell rings and, when you open the door, the officer asks, “Are you Mr. Hays?” You know what happens in those moments. Your heart races like an Indy car. It’s 0 to 160 in no time! Your hands get sweaty. You feel light headed. Something comes over you and you didn’t initiate any of it. You didn’t tell your heart to race—it just did. It’s like an involuntary reflex.
The initial response to stunning, earth shattering, shocking, mind twisting news is something that we all have in common. A racing heart, sweaty palms, feeling like it’s the end of the world, etc. All of these are symptoms of a problem just discovered. We all share those reactions in common. It is what follows the initial response that is so important. Some people receive bad news and they make emotional decisions that prove to be worse than the news they received. For those of us who have ever been in that situation and made some bad, emotionally charged decisions, and for all of us who will find ourselves confronted with startling news in the future, I want to share a powerful story from God’s Word with us this morning. Read more