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In an Instant

in an instant

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In an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”  1 Cor 15:52

Ironically what started out as the parenting battle of armageddon portions, has come to a close with the good news of the rapture (metaphorically speaking of course).

It all came to an end in an instant, in what seemed like in the twinkling of an eye. We had been going through the battle. Week after week, day after day,  phone call after phone call.  I just kept praying and crying out to God to please assit my daughter and help her change and adjust to this new life at college.

I wasn’t sure how much longer my heart was going to be able to take the frequent phone calls of silent tears when the unimaginable happened. . . her phone broke!

Now this is when an already stressed and worried mother moves into the zone of frantic, panic stricken, sobbing woman. My mind begins to catastrophize every possible thought that enters in . . .

“If she can’t call me how is she going to manage, she will probably get worse, if she gets worse and doesn’t have me what will she do, will she do something crazy, and what if she does something crazy and then doesn’t have a phone to call anyone for help! Lord God why did you let her phone break?”

Thankfully the professional counselor within me finally speaks up and starts to call forth rational thinking, and reminds me that I do have her roommates phone number.  She had called me on it once her phone broke to inform me that she will be without her phone for five days, until the Apple Store would have a new one ready for her.

But everyday for five days my mind kept thinking how bad is she going to be without talking to me?? So I did the only thing I could do, and that was pray. Everyday I kept praying that God would comfort her and keep her safe.

Then on Friday, five days later my phone rings and it’s my daughter! I quickly pick up the phone, I’m so anxious to speak to her and really be able to gauge how she is doing by the sound of her voice, when I hear a peppy, laughing Nickie on the line. I hadn’t heard a peppy, laughing Nickie since summer time, and yet here she is on the phone laughing and sharing stories with me about her week.

After five minutes of listening to her be positive and upbeat I finally ask her if she still wants to come home . . .  And to my surprise she simply states , “No mom, I’m good.”

Completely confused by her answer, I probe further . . . “So you mean you no longer want to withdraw from your classes and move home?”

Nope, I’m over it”, she nonchalantly responds, and just like that, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye . . . she changed.

No longer was she this crying, home sick, Florida hating child, she had transformed into a happy, fun, loving life, college woman. Somehow, sometime during those five days . . . she changed.

It’s funny now when I look back, how I thought her not being able to talk to me was going to be the worse possible scenario for her. It turns out the Lord used this misfortunate event for good. Perhaps without having her mom to talk to and confide in everyday it forced her to connect and rely more on the new relationships she was building at school. Once again it seems God ways are always exceedingly, abundantly greater than my own.

Now I know that this battle has a happy ending that only took one semester to get to, and I realize that not all battles are won so quickly.  In my heart I know that there will be more battles to come, more days of feeling heart broken and scared.  But I am thankful that God gives us glimpses of victories so that we can be encouraged to continue fighting the big battles that go beyond the season of a semester.

If that speaks to you, and you currently are in a battle that is lasting many seasons, many semesters, let’s pray together and stand in agreement that your “in an instant” will come soon too.


Dear Heavenly Father,

I believe that your words are true. That your promises are ever lasting, and that you know the desires of my heart. Help me to hang on to your truths on the days I feel they are not real in my life. Help me to rise above what I see today and give me glimpses of victories that are coming in the future.  I love you Lord. I trust you Lord, and I give it all to you. In Jesus name, Amen.



diane square  Diane Swan is a Professional Christian Counselor, Speaker and Blogger who is passionate about using her God given gifts to assist ladies in living victorious lives in Christ. She enjoys sharing true life messages that relate to the complex lives of every day women and leaves them feeling equipped to be more than conquerors in all their battles. Diane and her husband Todd are the founders of Seven Swans Ministries, an organization devoted to living out the gifts of the Spirit by offering a unique array of services to encourage, edify and expand God’s kingdom. Connect with Diane anytime: [btn text=”Facebook” tcolor=#008000 bcolor=#FFF link=””] – [btn text=”Twitter” tcolor=#008000 bcolor=#FFF link=””] – [btn text=”Pintrist” tcolor=#008000 bcolor=#FFF link=””] – [btn text=”Website” tcolor=#008000 bcolor=#FFF link=””]

2 thoughts on “In an Instant”

  1. Melissa Rudyk says:

    Thanks, Diane! I love the prayer you share at the end. Parenting a young adult is more worrisome for me than all the years leading up to this point.

    1. admin says:

      I couldn’t agree more Melissa, who knew the tough years would be when they are adults! At least we are not alone on this journey . . . we have the Lord and each other 🙂

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