Posted by: ritagone | November 28, 2012

The AHA! Moment


I’m a big fan of detective TV shows, particularly of the British variety, which seem to be better written, and certainly more realistically cast, where an old lady looks like an old lady and not like Britany Spears with stage makeup.  We watch a lot of them, either streaming on Netflix or via Acorn Online, which I’ve recently subscribed to at $2.99/month and which I discovered how to stream onto my TV via my Apple TV unit, or by buying them via Amazon on DVD so that we can make use of the sub-titles that we find we need more and more (because of the accent, I keep telling myself).

One of the recurring moments in these shows is when one of the police lackeys is sent to sit in front of the computer monitors for hours at a time going over tapes of CCTV (it took me a long time to figure out what CCTV stood for, but finally I got it: closed circuit television) footage to aid in the capture of the criminal or criminals.  If these television shows are accurate (oh, come on, they are, aren’t they?), every square inch of the British Isles are monitored every second of every day by cameras so that you can’t make a step without being filmed.  It’s just a matter of sitting there and watching hour upon hour of the footage, then, to discover who it is creeping down that alleyway or street to commit crimes against the nation or persons.

And then, AHA!!  The moment when something is detected: something that had gone unnoticed before, a shadow, a number, a figure in the background, a vital license plate, and suddenly the crime is well on its way to being solved.

I love those moments on the detective shows; they are dramatic and exciting and the turning point in the plot, because you know the catch of the bad guy is not far behind.

Those AHA! moments come in other areas of our life too, don’t they?  It’s not only about solving mysteries.  Sometimes they revolve around insights gained when you least expect them: you suddenly know something you didn’t know before, understanding lifts the veil of darkness or fuzziness that you were experiencing before, and you see things clearer than yesterday.  A decision you were wavering about can now be made with boldness.  A job, a marriage, a move.  All of a sudden you know what to do.

Sometimes the AHA! moments also come within lesser circumstances: you’re studying to prepare to teach a series of lessons in a ladies’ Bible study.  You have a talk to give in front of business associates.  You don’t know what to say.  You can’t think clearly.  You pray and pray and still no answers are coming.  You can feel a cold sweat breaking out on your forehead: will you be standing up there with no words coming out of your mouth?  Is this the time that it finally happens: you will be utterly, completely shown to be the idiot that you know you are, and now everyone else will know it too.  So you keep on praying, because that’s what you have been told to do, and you know that obedience always trumps fear.  If you’ve learned anything, it’s that prayer works, even when it doesn’t seem to.

Still the page is blank.  Still your mind is empty.  No ideas.  Nothing.  Time is of the essence.  It’s not looking good.  Then, all of a sudden, it comes to you: that idea, that brainstorm, that brilliant germ of a concept that leads from one thought to another to another, and soon you have a great talk, a flowing lesson.  It has all come together because of one single AHA! moment, one inspiring breakthrough that came from nowhere but set you on the right course.

Don’t ask me how this happens, because I don’t know.

I only know that when it happens, life is beautiful.

I’m in a season right now when I could use more than the usual amount of AHA! moments.  But as you get older, it seems there are more UH OH moments than AHA.  So I’m asking God to grant me – for the next few months – an outflowing (or is that an inflowing?) of particularly spectacular AHA! moments, please.

I’m not greedy.  Just the wisdom of Solomon and the insight to apply it when and where needed.

That’s not asking for too much, is it?


  1. Rita, I never want to bother you with responces since they take your time to read, and what I have to say is never profound like you are. But I just want to tell you how much I admire you and your wisdom. Thanks for sharing it with me. Cathy

    • Cathy, you are never, ever a bother! Thank you for taking the time to read what I write, and thank you also for liking them occasionally. It means a lot to me.

      Love, Rita

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