ANCHOR POINTE Audio Burst with Skip Orem


by Skip Orem | Anchor Pointe

Transcript Audio Burst IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE  with Skip Orem

(00:40): Skip Orem

I was thinking that us older folks, when we look back on our life and we think about things that happened during our life, we are amazed at those times when something was going along and then something changed that, and it changed like it was just a blink of your eye and everything changed. When I was getting ready to be wheeled into the operating room for my prostate surgery, I was having my prostate removed, I had prostate cancer back in 2020, just before I was getting ready to be wheeled into surgery, the senior deacon from my church, he showed up right there in the pre-op room.


It was kind of funny because, well, in addition to being a deacon at my church, he was also a nurse there at the Vanderbilt Hospital. He was a surgical nurse on the heart transplant team. And he shows up there, the members of the heart transplant team, they wear this special scrub uniform. It says heart transplant team right there on the front of it. So he comes in to my pre-op room. And it kind of scared me because I thought for just a second, there might have been some kind of a mix-up. Now, they were going to wheel me in for a heart transplant by mistake.


It turns out that he was there to pray with my wife, Terri, and me just before my prostate surgery. I appreciate that so much and it meant so much to me. And I remember that he was saying to Terri just after we finished our prayer, she’d need to go on downstairs to the family waiting room and wait there for about six hours for the surgery to be completed. But for me, for me he said that time will go by just like the blink of an eye. In the blink of an eye. I’ve been thinking and actually praying, talking to God about what that phrase means to me because it helps me to understand how really fragile and short our life on earth here is compared to spending eternity with Jesus.


Now, think about this. That’s what our life is here on earth according to God’s total plan for us. Our time on earth, it’s just a blink of an eye. All the structure of this life, the beginning to the end and all the things we experience in between, just a blink of an eye, such a short time compared to eternity. One way you can live your life, get the most you can out of this life. Live for today because tomorrow we die. Acquire possessions, live the good life. Problem with that kind of thinking is because we don’t just die, there is an afterlife. And where we spend that afterlife, where we spend eternity depends on how we live our lives today.


Is Jesus at the center of your life? Because He needs to be. Living a life centered on Jesus, it begins by realizing God is the author of our story. Everything we have was given to us by God. Our blessings, our talents, everything comes from God. Believing in Jesus, believing in His life, His death, His resurrection, it’s more than just a ticket to heaven. This is important. Our Christ-centered life gives us hope and joy for the here and now in this life because Jesus has promised us His presence in our life, here on earth, until He calls us home.


It isn’t wrong to pursue our personal goals here on earth. But Jesus, Jesus needs to be our anchor, our guide, our one true compass on how we’d live this life on earth. If you haven’t done so already, I urge you everybody, come home to Jesus. Make Him the center of your life. You’ll see an immediate change in everything. This gift, it’s out there for the taking. Accept it and walk with Jesus. It’s unbelievably simple. You don’t need to have a plan to let Jesus into your life. You don’t need to tie up any loose ends. You don’t need to be real good for a few days before you accept Jesus. You can come to Jesus right now just as you are.


Like the verse of the old hymn, “Just as I am though tossed about, with many a conflict, many a doubt, fighting and fears within and without. O Lamb of God, I come, I come.” Won’t you come home to Jesus today? He’s waiting for you just as you are. Whatever bad things you may have done, He knows about them already. He doesn’t even care about them. He wants to forgive you. The devil is suggesting that you might want to think about this for a while before jumping in with Jesus. Satan, he’s telling you, “Don’t make any rash decisions. You have all the time in the world.” The devil’s lying to you. No, you don’t. You don’t have any time. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. It could all be gone in the blink of an eye