In the blink of an eye, our lives can change. Between typing these thoughts on my computer to my shutting down the computer, things can change dramatically. If it’s not in my own life, it’s in someone else’s life.

I recently had a visitor this blog post a comment. She wrote that she had come to this Website by typing in the words, “God, what am I supposed to do?”. For a large percentage of visitors, this is how they end up on my site. Yet, this is not my point. In my interpretation of her comments, I think she could see how broken her life was, and that there was no way without God, that she could put those pieces together to feel whole. This woman had more than 95% of the world’s population. She had a family, two healthy children, a home, all bills paid for, two cars, idyllic environment (Hawaii). However, her comment cried out to God out of loneliness and despair. Why is that so, and what can we learn from that?

It’s probably a message you’ve heard before. Our material possessions, no matter how grand or luxurious, can never truly satisfy us. This is true in part because God created us not to worship our things, but to worship and honor the Creator. Put differently, we are asked to worship the Giver, not the gifts.

So I imagined this woman sitting in her beautiful home in Hawaii, surrounded by so many material blessings, but so desperate to connect with the One who could make it all whole. I imagined also that this woman’s decision to type out the prayer and cries were made within the blink of an eye. In one millisecond, she moved from lonely, desperate, questioning, to connected, homeward-bound, thirsty.

I am positive that her life was changed within that brief time it took for her to write the comments. We never cry out like that (“God, I can’t do it any more; you take control!”) without experiencing the grace that God offers to those who call upon His name.

God never asks for perfection; He asks us to approach Him. God never says, clean up your act before seeing me; He beckons us to seek Him when we’re weary. God anchors us through storms around us, and calms the storms inside of us. How has your life changed?