Psalm 94:18 - When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me.
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The 2006 Mel Gibson movie, Apocalypto, tells the story of a Mayan tribesman and his struggle after being captured and enslaved by a neighboring tribe. This one man, who has a wife and child and child on the way, is ripped from his family and forced to be one of many heading toward ritualistic sacrifice. This man is a fighter though. As he is captured, he is taunted by one of his opposers and given the name, Almost. As in, this family man Almost escaped from his captors. There were several scenes that he tried to escape, but he lived into his name and Almost did, but didn’t. In the end, Almost, succeeded and won his freedom and family back.
Sometimes, we may feel like Almost. There are times when we Almost make it to something better, but we are defeated time and time again. We Almost get that promotion, but instead we are demoted. We Almost make it to a newer level of success, but we have to wait a little longer.
But let’s change our perspective to that of the Psalmist. His is more of - I Almost lost it all, but I didn’t because of the love of the Lord.
Let’s not look to what we Almost didn’t receive, but what we Almost lost, if it had not been for the Lord and His everlasting unconditional love. Almost is not lost, but Almost still carries the hope of the Lord.