Most of my profound moments in life don’t come as a product of deep meditation, long prayer, or deliberate seeking after God. All those things are good and necessary. Jesus did them, and so should I. But most of my deep moments with God come as “suddenlies.” One moment I’m playing with my son Luik in the bushes, watching him hack down “monsters” with his sword…the next I’m realizing I wrote a story about him years before he was born doing the very same thing. ch:

What has been one of your “suddenlies” recently? (People coming here via FaceBook, please comment below).


Shane Deal · 18 Oct ’10 at 3:13 pm

Yesterday on our way to church I saw a tree with the leaves all turning colors. Remembered that the leaves basically die. But they’ll be back the next year.

Then the thought hit me that even the trees illustrate the idea of death and resurrection.

That would probably be my most recent profound moment that I remember.

    Christopher Hopper · 18 Oct ’10 at 3:42 pm

    That’s a great one, Shane! We’re surrounded by a beautiful, constant reminder of regeneration, yet how often do we even take note of it?

Jay Trainer · 19 Oct ’10 at 7:58 am

Well, I was taken back on Sunday morning. It was not only my 32nd birthday, but also my 13th birthday in the Lord. My pastor, Shane Smith, quoted in his message that day the first verses that I memorized as a new believer on the first day of my walk with Jesus… Phil. 3:12. I was taken back to the life that I once lived and now having the opportunity to be involved in leading a youth movement of ministry and leadership. Needless to say, I was humbled, never realizing that 13 years ago I’d be involved in leading people to the cross and serving as a pastor at a church plant in Rochester.

God is good, he does the miraculous and pulls people from the mire and sets them in His trophy case.

Nathan Petrie · 21 Oct ’10 at 10:50 am

Wow…that’s awesome. Seriously like…getting emotional on this end (why? I have no idea haha).

I can’t wait to here what happens when your son grows up and realizes that his daddy wrote a story about him that’s been changing lives since before he was born 😀 Like you said…suddenly profound.

abby · 21 Oct ’10 at 6:41 pm

WOW! That book changed my life – alot! I learned determination is the key to success. I want to try to be the last one to back down – even if it means I will die. I want to encourage. I learned(seriously) that hugs are not baby-ish. i learned anyone can make a difference. Annorra, Luik, and Hadrian were my favorite characters in the first book. Annorra, Luik, and Fia were my favorite characters in the second book. I also learned lots about trust – and distrust – from Luik and Hadrian. Thank you, Sir Hopper. Your book changed my life. Thank you Little Sir Luik. Your character changed my life. And I will never, ever be the same. Thank you.(tears fill her eyes)

mooney · 25 Oct ’10 at 10:00 am

I think it was Upton who made the point that God didn’t just give us children to teach THEM about God, but so they could also teach US.

    abby · 27 Oct ’10 at 12:54 pm

    Very true, but I do not know about Upton. I have taught my parents much, and my little sister and other little kids have taught me about God.

Sam · 28 Oct ’10 at 1:35 am

When I’m a daddy, I want my little guy to have a sword to play with too. 🙂

Life goal number one.

    abby · 28 Oct ’10 at 9:24 am

    When I’m a mommy, I want my son to have a swordplay arena and an archery range. I will not allow shooting with a gun, though.

      abby · 28 Oct ’10 at 9:25 am

      My life goal is to teach my kids about Jesus!

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