Watershed – a point in a chain of events at which an important change (as in one’s fortunes) occurs (Merrriam-Webster)
Have you ever had a very distinct watershed moment in your life? I’ve had a few. One such moment was in November of my senior year of high school while sitting in my bedroom reading my Bible…
Today I wrap up my blogging series MY FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES. At a very pivotal moment in my life, God used a very specific Bible verse to set my life on a course that I have never regretted.
As a senior contemplating my upcoming graduation, I knew that I needed to have a better idea of what I was going to do with my life. Since the time I was a small child I had always wanted to be a police officer. To be honest, I had never really considered much else. As far as I was concerned, it was the cops life for me! But during my last few years of high school something weird started happening. Thoughts began to flash across my mind regarding the possibility of going into ministry vocationally – specifically to become a youth pastor. I had been extremely active and engaged in a dynamic student ministry at the Christian Youth Center in Joliet. The difference it had made in my life (and the lives of my friends) was monumental. I thought it might be very rewarding to have my life’s work be something that makes an eternal difference. My inner conflict came in the fact that I also still wanted to be a cop – so now I was confused!
At this time of soul-searching and praying regarding the will of God for my life I came across this verse:
Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2
BOOM! Just like that, it felt like God hit me between the eyes. I couldn’t have been any more convinced even if he had appeared to me in a burning bush! 2nd Timothy 4:2 was God’s personal message to me – “Quit making excuses, no need to pray about it any longer – make the decision to go into ministry and I will lead you and provide for you.”
That was almost 38 years ago. I can honestly say I’ve never looked back. I am in no way implying that anyone who takes 2nd Timothy 4:2 seriously also needs to go into ministry; that’s just the way God applied the verse to my life. He has proven himself faithful over and over again!
Are you reading your Bible regularly? At what watershed moment might he meet you as a result?